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University Academic Fellows in Structural Molecular Biology

Are you an experienced researcher with proven abilities to carry out research and teaching in state-of-the-art Structural Molecular Biology? Do you use Cryo-EM, NMR Spectroscopy, X-ray Crystallography, Single Molecule methods, or combinations of these techniques with other approaches to answer cutting-edge research questions? Are you passionate about delivering an exceptional student experience in a research-intensive University with state of the art facilities? Do you aspire to become an academic leader in your field?

As a University Academic Fellow in the School of Molecular & Cellular Biology, you will join the vibrant, interdisciplinary environment of the Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology which brings together ~60 group leaders with expertise in structural molecular biology, cell biology, protein chemistry, chemical biology and biological physics with the common goal of understanding life in molecular detail through investigation of the structure and function of biological molecules and their complexes. 

Leeds invested more than £17 million in 2016 to establish the Astbury Biostructure Laboratory, a state of the art laboratory for structural biology providing the Astbury Centre with instruments for NMR spectroscopy (including 950 MHz with 15N/13C-detect TXO and 3mm TCI Cryoprobes) and Electron Microscopy (two Titan Krios with Falcon III and energy-filtered Gatan K2 detectors), competitive with the very best infrastructure for structural molecular biology in the world. In addition, the Centre houses superb facilities for protein production, protein crystallisation, biological mass spectrometry and single molecule fluorescence and FRET,

You will embark on a five-year development programme, the successful completion of which will lead to your promotion to Associate Professor. In the last three years, nine University Academic Fellows have been appointed within the scientific remit of the Astbury Centre, helping to deliver on the University’s ambitious plans to grow its research. We are now looking for outstanding early career structural molecular biologists to join this growing team. We can offer an excellent mentoring scheme, research environment and track record of success in developing the careers of young researchers. Candidates wishing to bring independent fellowships or apply for such fellowhips supported by the School are also welcome to apply.

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

Professor Neil Ranson, Professor of Structural Molecular Biology

Tel. +44 (0)113 343 7065, email:


Professor Alex Breeze, Professor of Biomolecular NMR

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 0087, email:


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Molecular & Cellular Biology / Astbury Centre for Structural Molecular Biology
Category:  Academic
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £39,324 to £46,924 p.a.
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Closing Date:  Friday 23 June 2017
Reference:  FBSAS1013
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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