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Research Associate in Integrated Catalysis

Closing Date
WorkplaceManchester, North West England, UK

£32,816- £40,322 per annum (according to relevant experience)
Fixed Term - 1 July 2021 until 30 June 2023
Ref: SAE-016920

The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be based in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and Department of Chemistry working with Prof Jason Micklefield in collaboration with Prof Michael Greaney to develop new approaches for integrating enzymes with chemocatalysts for amide synthesis.

Applicants possessing skills in synthetic organic chemistry and/or biological chemistry including knowledge in chemocatalysis and/or biocatalysis are encouraged to apply. The individual could possess interdisciplinary expertise, at the outset, or be keen to learn new skills for working in both synthetic chemistry and biology laboratories. Our lab comprises of ca. 20 co-workers from both Chemistry and Biology backgrounds. There is plenty of opportunity for collaboration and the project will have strong input from existing biologist in our lab who are working on enzyme discovery, characterisation and engineering.

New catalysts providing direct synthetic pathways to important chemicals and materials are essential for a sustainable society. This project seeks to develop next generation catalysts for construction of ubiquitous amide bonds. The formation of amide bonds is one of the most fundamental reactions in nature. A high proportion of essential chemicals and materials are also constructed through amide bonds, including pharmaceuticals where synthesis of amides is the most frequently used reaction.

Selected relevant publication:
Nature 2021, 593, 391–398 (?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdoi.org%2F10.1038%2Fs41586-021-03447-w&module=jobs&id=52985" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03447-w);
Nature Catalysis 2021, 4, 385–394 (?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdoi.org%2F10.1038%2Fs41929-021-00603-3&module=jobs&id=52985" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://doi.org/10.1038/s41929-021-00603-3);
Nature Catalysis 2018, 1, 977­–984 (?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdoi.org%2F10.1038%2Fs41929-018-0178-2&module=jobs&id=52985" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://doi.org/10.1038/s41929-018-0178-2);
Nature Commun. 2016, 7, 11873 (?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdoi.org%2F10.1038%2Fncomms11873&module=jobs&id=52985" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://doi.org/10.1038/ncomms11873);

Happy to talk flexible working.

Blended working arrangements may be considered.

The School of Chemistry is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN Charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff to achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit ?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk%2Fabout-us%2Fathena-swan%2F&module=jobs&id=52985" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.chemistry.manchester.ac.uk/about-us/athena-swan/

Contact and Address

  • Vacancy, shortlisting and interviews: Professor Jason Micklefield at jason.micklefieldmanchester.ac.uk or +44 (0)161 306 4509.
  • General enquiries: 0161 275 4499 or hrservicesmanchester.ac.uk
  • Technical support: 0161 850 2004 or https://jobseekersupport.jobtrain.co.uk/support/home

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Closing date: 7 July 2021.


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