Research Fellow Job at in London

Job Description

Applications are invited for three Research Fellows to join the Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment, in the laboratory of Prof Nick Lane.

The project is funded by a BBSRC sLoLa grant entitled Origins of Biology: How energy flow structures metabolism and heredity at the origin of life. Two fellowship positions will focus on experimental work related to the origins of metabolism as observed in life, ranging from microfluidic work on CO2 fixation and the behaviour of fatty acid protocells, through to nucleotide synthesis and polymerization through prebiotic equivalents of biochemical pathways.

The third position will involve mathematical modelling, considering the origin of the genetic code within this prebiotic scenario, and will interact closely with the two experimental fellows, aiming for synergy between modelling and experiment.

We will be looking for overlapping skill sets and an ability to collaborate effectively as part of a larger team bringing together collaborators from across three divisions at UCL.

The three posts are available from December 2020 and are funded initially for 2 years in the first instance.

PhD in chemistry, biochemistry, earth sciences, engineering, physics or related fields. Strong interest in the origins of metabolism using life as a guide, and strong track record in origins of life research or related fields.

For experimental positions, background in analytical chemistry will be important, with skills in e.g. HPLC, GC-MS, LC-MS, NMR, FTIR, ITC and visualization including e.g. fluorescence microscopy or cryo-TEM. For the modelling position, advanced programming skills are essential, e.g. in Matlab, C++, Python or R. A track record of developing abstract models and computer simulations of feedbacks or autocatalysis will be an asset.

Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (Salary £31,542 – £33,257 per annum, including London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

A job description and person specification can be accessed via the link at the bottom of this page.

For informal enquiries about the post please contact Prof Nick Lane at nick.lane ucl.ac.uk.

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Biosciences staffing on biosciences.staffing ucl.ac.uk quoting the vacancy reference number: 1872924.

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

Please use these links to find out more about UCL working life including the benefits we offer and UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job.


In your application, please refer to myScience.uk and reference JobID 187980.

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