Dienstag, 8. Februar 2011

Postdoc Oxford

Department of Chemistry
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory
Postdoctoral Research Assistant - NMR of photoactive proteins
Grade 07S : Salary £28,983 - £35,646 p.a.
Post Ref. DN11001/PJH

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research assistant to work with Professor Peter Hore on a research project funded by DARPA (http://www.darpa.mil/). The post is available initially for up to 18 months, with a possible total duration of up to three years.

This position is part of a large project entitled Quantum Effects in Magnetoreception funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency as part of the programme Quantum Effects in Biological Environments (QuBE). The broad aims of the project are: (a) to design and perform a set of experiments that will determine definitively whether manifestly quantum effects are exploited in the avian magnetic compass sensor; (b) to develop the existing quantum mechanical model of magnetic effects on radical pair reactions; (c) to design and construct a proof-of-principle magnetic sensor around the reactions of radical pairs in model compounds. A central part of the project will involve optical and magnetic resonance experiments on the photo-active proteins photolyase and cryptochrome to establish their suitability as chemical sensors of weak magnetic fields.

The applicant should ideally have experience of protein NMR spectroscopy. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with colleagues from a range of disciplines on projects at the chemical/physical/life sciences interface.

The Hore group is located in the Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3QZ (www.chem.ox.ac.uk). To find out more about the group’s research, please visit http://research.chem.ox.ac.uk/peter-hore.aspx.

Applicants should either already have a PhD in a relevant subject area, or have submitted their thesis prior to taking up the post.

For further particulars of the post, including how to apply, please visit our website http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/jobs.asp. These should be downloaded before an application is made. Informal enquiries should be addressed to peter.hore@chem.ox.ac.uk who would be pleased to supply further information about the project. Please quote reference DN11001/PJH in all correspondence.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2011.
P J Hore
Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford
Physical and Theoretical Chemistry Laboratory
South Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3QZ, UK

Tel: +44 (0)1865 275415 Fax: +44 (0)1865 275410

Email: peter.hore@chem.ox.ac.uk
Website: http://hore.chem.ox.ac.uk/