Research Fellow : Molecular mechanisms of Prim-Pol - dependent pathways involved in DNA repair

School/department: School of Life Sciences / Genome Damage and Stability Centre
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 2 years
Reference: 1991
Salary: starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum
Placed on: 5 August 2019
Closing date: 4 September 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: within 1 month of 1st October 2019

Job description

The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014.

Applicants are invited to apply for a BBSRC-funded postdoctoral position to study novel DNA repair mechanisms. Cells possess a myriad of DNA maintenance pathways required to ensure genome stability. The aim of this project is to study the molecular mechanisms of Primase-Polymerases (Prim-Pols), and their complexes, involved in DNA repair processes in mycobacteria. Specifically, we would like to characterise the components of specific repair complexes and define their molecular mechanisms by reconstituting these pathways in vitro. Applicants must have extensive experience in using biochemical, biophysical and structural techniques to study the molecular interactions and mechanisms of protein complexes involved in DNA / RNA repair, replication, transcription or related cellular processes.

The successful applicants will join the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, an internationally renowned Institute carrying out research on the response of cells to DNA damage, genome instability and its relationship to disease. We provide a stimulating and supportive research environment and our expertise covers a wide range of experimental systems. Further information about our research can be obtained from our website at

What we offer:

  • A highly motivated and dedicated international team.
  • Innovative projects at the forefront of this research field.
  • Excellent collaborative research facilities and environment.
  • Collaborations with many labs in our centre and abroad.
  • A project where your contribution will make a real impact!

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers.

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Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to make informal contact with Prof. Aidan Doherty before applying. E-mail: ; Tel: +44 1273 877500. 

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds

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How to apply

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