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Postdoctoral Research Assistant, working in Organic Chemistry and Catalysis                           

Ref: QMUL3545
Closing Date: 20/04/2014

Two Postdoctoral Research positions are available at Queen Mary University of London (QML) with Dr Igor Larrosa, working in Organic Chemistry and Catalysis.

QML is one of UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, with a budget of £285 million per annum.

The available positions are funded from a European Research Council Starting Grant project entitled ‘Make it Simple: Towards a New Era for Organic Synthesis’.

The Larrosa group’s research interests are in the areas of decarboxylative and C–H activation. The activation of inert C–H bonds and their transformation into versatile functionalities is an emerging and exciting field in synthetic organic chemistry that represents an important advance towards atom and step economy. This project will involve the development of novel metal catalysed C–H activation based transformations. In particular, this project aims at the design and development of novel multi-metallic catalytic cycles able to form carbon-carbon bonds between two coupling partners via green activation methods.

For some background information on the group’s research read:
- P. Ricci, K. Kramer, X. C. Cambeiro, I. Larrosa J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2013, 135, 13258.
- X. C. Cambeiro, T. C. Boorman, P. Lu, I. Larrosa Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2013, 52, 1781.
- J. Cornella, M. Righi, I. Larrosa Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. 2011, 50, 9429.
- P. Lu, T. C. Boorman, A. M. Z. Slawin, I. Larrosa J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2010, 132, 5580

The successful candidates will have a PhD in chemistry, with a solid grounding in catalysis, organic and/or organometallic chemistry.

These positions are full time and available for two years. The starting salary will be £32,820 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

For further information about the School, please see http://www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Larrosa via email i.larrosa@qmul.ac.uk
Webpage: http://www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk/staff/igorlarrosa.html

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on http://www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk/ and search for reference number QMUL3545.

Application enquiries should be made to recruitment@qmul.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 20 April 2014.  Interviews will most likely be held in the second week of May 2014.


Postdoctoral Research Assistant for project “Identifying genomic resources against pests and pathogens in tree genera: a case study in Fraxinus.”

Ref: QMUL3597

Closing date: 25/04/2014

A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available for three years in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) with Dr Richard Buggs, using genome sequencing and phylogenomics methods to identify candidate genes for low pest and pathogen susceptibility in ash trees.

QMUL is one of the UK’s leading research-focused higher education institutions, with a budget of £285 million per annum. Richard Buggs’ research group works on the evolutionary genomics of trees, and this project collaborates with Stephen Rossiter whose group studies the phylogenomics of mammals.

This project is funded jointly by a grant from BBSRC, Defra, ESRC, the Forestry Commission, NERC and the Scottish Government, under the Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative.

The PDRA will be responsible for sequencing and assembling the genomes of 35 ash species. Using pipelines developed by the group of co-PI Rossiter to study convergence (Nature 502, no. 7470 (2013): 228-231), the PRDA will use phylogenomic methods to identify genes and alleles associated with low susceptibility to ash dieback and the emerald ash borer. The PDRA will liaise with collaborators at Forest Research (UK) and the United States Forest Service (Ohio) who will experimentally determine the susceptibility phenotypes for each species. The PDRA will also interact with social scientists seeking to understand the attitude of the UK public to the potential use of genus-wide genome diversity in trees to combat tree health threats.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area of bioinformatics, molecular systematics, molecular evolution or a related field.  Candidates must have experience in genomics, phylogenetics and programming, with a solid grounding in plant systematics, evolutionary biology and/or handling next generation sequence data. Previous post-doctoral experience is essential criteria for this post.  

During the project, the PDRA will also have opportunities to develop their supervision, writing, communication, media, and organisational skills, excellent preparation for a career in academia or industry. Duties will also include assisting in the training and supervision of PhD and final year project students.

The position is full time and available for 36 months. The starting salary will be £38,579 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

For further information about the School, please see http://www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Buggs via email r.buggs@qmul.ac.uk

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on http://www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk/search/ and search for reference QMUL3597.

Application enquiries should be directed to recruitment@qmul.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 25th April 2014.  Interviews will be held soon thereafter.

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Lectureship in Pharmaceutical Chemistry

Ref: QMUL3550

Closing date: 11/05/2014

The School of Biological & Chemical Sciences (SBCS) was established in August 2005 as a result of the merger between the School of Biological Sciences and the Department of Chemistry. The merger created one of the largest Schools within the College, with ca 70 members of academic staff and in excess of 1445 undergraduates (BSc/MSci), 160 foundation and 122 postgraduate students. The School is committed to excellence in research and teaching, and offers a lively and stimulating environment for both staff and students

The School is looking to employ a Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Chemistry to contribute to the delivery of high quality teaching, scholarship and administration in the School by:

• Contributing to the organisation, delivery of courses and the assessment of student achievement.
• Scholarship, which can include pedagogical studies, development of industrial contacts, outreach, or research, as agreed with Head of School.  
• Undertaking administrative and other duties as a member of academic staff, and as agreed with the Head of School.

Candidates should have an excellent academic background with a relevant Undergraduate or Postgraduate degree. Applicants should have appropriate subject knowledge and the ability to teach at any level within the area of expertise, and across a range of subjects at a more introductory level. The post holder will be expected to play a lead role in the delivery of the undergraduate curriculum, as per instructions from the Head of School.

The School is committed to Athena SWAN principles to promote women in science; we have been awarded an Athena Swan Silver Award and we positively welcome applications from women.

The post is full time and permanent and the successful post holder will be expected to start from 1st September 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary will be in the range of £38,579 to £48,035 per annum, subject to experience and qualifications. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and an interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

For further information about the School, please see http://www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk.

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on http://www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk/search/ and search for reference number QMUL3550.

Application enquiries should be directed to recruitment@qmul.ac.uk

The closing date for completed applications is 11th May 2014. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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2x Postdoctoral Research Assistants

Ref: QMUL3686

Closing date: 13/05/2014

Two Postdoctoral Research Assistant positions are available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL), to undertake research on a project entitled ‘Space use by bees – radar tracking of spatial movement patterns of key pollinators’. These research positions are offered within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL and forms part of an Advanced Grant awarded by the European Research Council to Prof Lars Chittka.

The work will be performed under the supervision of Prof Lars Chittka (QMUL). The work involves both laboratory work on the orientation of bees (at QMUL) as well as field work which will take place at Rothamsted Research near Harpenden, North of London. The main aim of this project will be to use newly developed radar technology to track multiple pollinating bees over large distances and over extended periods, to study mechanisms of their orientation, as well as their interactions with flowers and with other pollinators. Specific tasks will include maintenance of bee colonies, tagging bees, monitoring their behaviour using advanced tracking technology, data analysis and manuscript writing, and the supervision of small teams of undergraduates and research technicians.

Candidates should have a PhD in biology. Experience with the subject of animal navigation and with handling insects would be desirable. A good record of peer-reviewed papers in the field is essential.

Both positions are full-time, fixed term for 36 months, with the possibility of a further extension of 24 months.  Both positions are available to start immediately.  The salary is in the range of £31,113 - £34,626 per annum depending on experience and is inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and an interest–free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

For further information about the School, please see http://www.sbcs.qmul.ac.uk.

To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on http://www.jobs.qmul.ac.uk/search/  and search for reference QMUL3686.

Application enquiries should be directed to recruitment@qmul.ac.uk

The closing date for applications is 13th May 2014. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

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Postdoctoral research opportunities

ESRC PhD Studentships in Psychology. Application deadline 30th January 2014

Current available projects in the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences for prospective self-funded (mainly through Marie Curie fellowships) postdoctoral scientists.

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