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[ccp4bb] PDRA position available in Leeds

Dear All,

Please find details below for a PDRA position available at the University of Leeds. Please note the deadline for applications is 9th January 2017, and the full candidate brief and further details of how to apply can be downloaded from the following web address:


Funded by the BBSRC the position is available for an initial 2 year period. The position will suit someone interested in redox proteins, structural biology and biotechnology. Thanks and best wishes,


Glyn Hemsworth
Astbury Building, Room 10.107
Faculty of Biological Sciences,
University of Leeds, Leeds, LS2 9JT, UK
Tel: (+44) 0113 3434 349

Research Fellow

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in Structural Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities? 

You will investigate the structure and function of a range of proteins, and their complexes, as potential activators of a class of enzymes known as lytic polysaccharide monooxygenases (LPMOs), (find out more in this recent review) . Using a combination of structural, biophysical, and biochemical methods we are seeking to characterise the molecular mechanisms used in nature to activate LPMOs, which have emerged as key enzymes in biomass conversion. The ultimate aim of the research is to exploit the knowledge gained in protein engineering approaches to produce more efficient enzyme systems to be used in the biorefinery.

You should have, or be close to completing a PhD in Structural Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry or a related discipline, where practical experience of cryo-electron microscopy or X-ray crystallography is essential. You will be expected to show enthusiasm for engaging in inter-disciplinary research and expanding your knowledge and expertise into new areas. Experience of studying protein-protein interactions would also be an advantage.

Funded by the BBSRC, you will be based in the newly established laboratory of Dr Glyn Hemsworth in the Faculty of Biological Sciences and the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology.

The Faculty of Biological Sciences holds the Athena SWAN Bronze Award in recognition of our success in recruiting, retaining and developing/promoting women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM).

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Glyn Hemsworth

Tel: 0113 343 4349, Email: g.r.hemsworth@leeds.ac.uk

Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Molecular & Cellular Biology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £32,004 to £38,183 p.a.
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (2 years)
Closing Date:  Monday 09 January 2017
Reference:  FBSMB1091