Research Fellow in DNA Templated Synthesis - School of Chemistry

Country: United Kingdom;

City: Birmingham

Vacancy added: 29.08.2019

Employer: University of Birmingham

Resumes due: 29.09.2019


Position Details

Area: School of Chemistry in the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Salary: Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609, with potential progression once in post to £42,036

Hours: Full time 

Duration: Fixed-term until 31 December 2023

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Closing Date: 29 September 2019 


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

• To undertake research into DNA nanotechnology and its application for materials discovery under the supervision of Prof. Rachel O’Reilly.

• Work within an EPSRC grant entitled ‘An artificial Ribosome’ which was recently awarded in collaboration with Professor Andrew Turberfield, University of Oxford

• To support research within the group to solve problems, collaborate and innovate in scientific directions for the group.

• To produce regular written and oral reports pertaining to the projects as requested; attend regular project meetings; give regular presentations to the group; attend national and international conferences giving poster and oral presentations; write papers for publication in peer reviewed scientific journals, proof reading of papers and reports and draft grant proposals.

• To play an active role in the O’Reilly research group, participating in all group meetings and activities.  You will supervise research students, be responsible for installation and maintenance of equipment and training of personnel on equipment.

• Participate in the collaborative meetings and work with the project collaborators


Main Duties/Responsibilities

• Perform research and collect data in agreed areas to a high level of competency and quality

• Maintain a high level of knowledge of the immediate and surrounding literature for your own project

• Lead on the development of new ideas, directions,  research objectives, techniques and methods in order to advance your research

• Analyse and interpret data generated from your work

• Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding

• Draft scientific papers and significantly contribute to the improvement of other scientific papers originating in the group

• Disseminate research findings by oral and other presentation in a range of formats from group meetings to research seminars and conferences etc.

• Demonstrate leadership through constructive criticism and questioning in group meetings and other suitable fora for scientific discussion

• Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to support staff and students in the group

• Undertake management/administration arising from own 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


Person Specification

• First degree in area of specialism and hold a higher degree (PhD) in synthetic chemistry

• Excellent research profile in the area of small molecule organic synthesis and retrosynthetic planning

• Proven experience in DNA handling (including DNA modification and purification), modelling and characterisation (MS, HPLC, PAGE) is highly desirable.

• Some experience in cell biology or the willingness to expand research expertise to include cell biology.

• Some experience in solid phase synthesis is desirable.

• Interest in interdisciplinary research and willingness to learn new techniques.

• Ability to keep up to date with new developments in the fields relevant to own research projects

• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, both as a leader and team member, on research programmes.

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills including the ability to work effectively in a multi-disciplinary project area of research.

• Ability to initiate, plan, organise, implement and deliver programmes of research work to tight deadlines.

• Ability to write and give presentations to both national and international audience standard and communicate complex information clearly.

• Ability to install and maintain relevant equipment and to train other personnel on operation of the broad range of equipment maintained within the group

• High level analytical capability and experience in use of characterisation of DNA materials including HPLC, MS, etc.


Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Rachel O'Reilly;

The University is a family-friendly employer and the School of Chemistry welcomes flexible working to suit family or other commitments. The University has on-campus childcare facilities.

We value diversity at The University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community

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