Research Fellow in Biological Mass Spectrometry - School of Biosciences

University of Birmingham

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Position type:

Full time


£30,942 - £33,797

29 Jun 2020
26 Jul 2020

Full details:

Reference number: BIR-2000020S

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The laboratory of Dr. Leney at the University of Birmingham is looking for a skilled Post-Doctoral Research Associate with experience in either biochemistry and/or mass spectrometry in order to tackle the characterisation of photosynthetic complexes from microalgae. He/she will extract and purify novel colourful and fluorescent protein complexes from microalgae. He/she will also develop mass spectrometry techniques related to the project, in particular in the fields of top-down, cross-linking and native mass spectrometry. As a consequence, he/she will ideally have a solid grounding in protein mass spectrometry and the handling of protein complexes. He/she will also contribute his/her mass spectrometry expertise to other projects, centred on post-translational modifications and how these control protein function.

The post-holder will hold or be close to completing a PhD in a structural biology-related or mass spectrometry field, with practical experience in a wide range of biochemical and analytical techniques. Computational experience in modelling mass spectrometry data is desirable. He/she will be able to demonstrate significant problem-solving skills and research independence. Candidates should be able to communicate effectively complex information, prioritise their workload and show strong attention to detail.



To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within an established research programme and/or specific research project.


Summary of Role

  • Work within specified research grants and projects
  • Operate within area of specialism
  • Analyse and interpret research findings and results
  • Contribute to generating funding
  • Contribute to licensing or spin out deals with demonstrated commercial cusses (such as revenues, asset or company sales, IP generated) and/or public understanding of the discipline or similar.


Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
  • Contribute to writing bids for research funding
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
  • Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc.
  • Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance on PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
  • Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
  • Undertake management/administration arising from research
  • Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities and research related administration
  • Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader


Person Specification

  • High level analytical capability
  • Hold or be close to completing a PhD in a structural biology-related or mass spectrometry field
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods and ability to contribute to developing new ones
  • Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
  • Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
  • Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
  • Co-ordinate own work with other to avoid conflict of duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly


Informal enquires to Dr. Aneika Leney, email:

Please attach (in one pdf file) to your application the following:

Cover letter (1 page max outlining your motivations and suitability for the post)

CV, which should include a full publication list.

A summary (2 pages max) of your research track record and experience


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