We are currently seeking a highly motivated Postdoctoral Research Associate to work in cyanobacterial/algal biology in the laboratory of Dr David Lea-Smith at the School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia (UEA).
The researcher will join a Human Frontier Science Program funded study investigating the cellular role of diesel-like hydrocarbons in cyanobacteria and algae. Release of cyanobacterial hydrocarbons into the environment is vast (Lea-Smith et al, PNAS, 2015) and these compounds are essential for optimal cell size, division and growth (Lea-Smith et al, Plant Physiology, 2016). However, the exact cellular role of these hydrocarbons is unknown. With collaborators at Imperial College London, the University of Auckland and the European Spallation Source, Sweden, the researcher will use a range of techniques to determine whether these compounds induce membrane curvature by a unique mechanism previously unobserved in nature. The successful applicant will be responsible for generating algal and cyanobacterial mutants, and characterising membrane curvature in live cells and purified membrane fractions.
The postdoctoral research associate involved in this project will be a graduate (or soon to obtain a PhD, or equivalent experience) with a background in bacterial (preferably cyanobacterial) or algal biology. You should also have excellent oral and written communication skills,and experience of presenting and writing-up research results for publication in peer-viewed books, conferences and/or journals.
This full time post is for a fixed term of 31 months (with a possibility of a 3-6 month extension) and is due to commence 1 February 2020.