Research Associate in Biochemistry – College of Life and Environmental Sciences

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Position Details

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,396 to £33,966 with potential progression once in post to £38,205

Grade: 6

Full Time, Fixed Term contract up to July 2025

Closing date: 2nd June 2024



To assist in research (by carrying out data collection or analyses) to create knowledge through providing research support for projects and research groups.

Our international group of highly motivated and interdisciplinary structural biologists is expanding! We are looking for a research assistant fascinated by the structural basis of molecular functions. You will study proteins active in RNA metabolism through biochemical and biophysical methods. You will learn and apply techniques such as cloning, protein expression and purification, RNA transcription and purification, band shift assays, activity assays of various kinds. We offer unique access to first-class instrumentation for structural biology, fully equipped biochemistry and molecular biology laboratories. This interdisciplinary research environment will provide you with unique development opportunities.

Our globally-operating research group is embedded in a vibrant community of world-renowned scientists in the fields of genome biology, cancer research and microbiology. We believe in interdisciplinarity and we strive to integrate biochemistry with functional studies in cells, as well as with drug design and molecular engineering.

Role Summary

  • Work within specified research grants and/or projects
  • Operate within area of specialism
  • Contribute to publications

Main Duties

  • Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, literature reviews, and research interviews
  • Analyse research data as directed
  • Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
  • Develop or adapt techniques, models and methods
  • Provide guidance as required to support staff and any students who may be assisting with research
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines
  • Carry out administrative tasks related directly to the delivery of the research
  • Promotes equality and values diversity acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture
  • Provide help with lab management and upkeeping tasks

Person Specification

  • Degree or equivalent in relevant subject area
  • Practical experience of applying the relevant skills and techniques
  • Ability to analyse information and communicate effectively
  • Ability to access and organise resources successfully
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly


Informal enquiries to Professor Teresa Carlomagn,


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