Research Assistant / Associate in Biological Protein Springs as Allosteric Modulators

University of Cambridge Department of Pharmacology

United Kingdom

Applications are invited for a full-time postdoctoral Research Associate or Research Assistant to work on a project called "Biological protein springs as allosteric modulators" in the lab of Prof Laura Itzhaki, Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge.     The project will explore the de novo design of allosteric behaviour into the structures of the tandem-repeat protein class. The work will involve protein engineering, recombinant protein production and biophysical analysis of the stability, folding and binding activities of the designed proteins including single-molecule spectroscopy. The project is funded by a grant from the Human Frontiers Sciences Program, and there will be the opportunity to spend time in collaborators' labs in USA, Canada and Taiwan. Applicants should have a first degree or PhD in an area relevant to the project. The key duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: developing research objectives and conducting the research project, writing up research work for presentation and publication, continually updating knowledge and understanding in the research field, translating knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity, managing own research and administrative activities.     The funds for this post are available for 36 months. The salary range if appointed as a Research Associate is £32,816- £40,322 per annum and the salary range if appointed as Research Assistant is £26,715 - £30,942 per annum with promotion to Research Associate on attainment of PhD if applicable.     The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in science subjects. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender but, as women are currently under-represented at this level in our department, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone. 

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

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Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Prof Laura Itzhaki (

If you have any questions about the application process please contact Debbie Stanley,

Please quote reference PL23186 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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