Job offer in england Research Associate at University of York

Introduction / The Role

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position for a fixed term of up to three years to work with Dr Paul Pryor and Prof Tony Wilkinson on a Horserace Betting Levy Board-funded project ‘The role of VapA in the pathogenenis of Rhodococcus equi’. The post is based in the Departments of Biology and the York Structural Biology Laboratory (YSBL) in the Department of Chemistry at the University of York.

R equi infects a range of grazing animals and poses a threat to animal health especially that of horses. It represents a significant economic burden to the horse-breeding industry. The project is concerned with the protein VapA from R. equi, which is essential for its survival inside cells and therefore its capacity to cause disease.

Candidates will be expected to have knowledge of cell biology, molecular biology and experience in recombinant protein production. The candidate’s main responsibilities will to undertake research both independently and creatively, to develop research objectives, analysis and interpretation of research data; use of appropriate research techniques and methods and to write up the research for publication. Candidates must also show the ability to plan and prioritise work in order to meet deadlines.

Key requirements

The successful applicant will have a PhD with skills and experience in cell biology, molecular biology, and structural biology. It would be beneficial if candidates also had skills in tissue culture and microbiology. The candidates should show attention to detail and a positive attitude to colleagues and students.

About York/Departments of Biology and Chemistry

The University of York is a member of the Russell Group of research-intensive UK universities. The recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) confirmed the position of the University among the leading institutions in the UK for research. The proportion of research activity of world-leading, 4* status is among the highest of any UK university, and York is rated tenth out of 155 higher education institutions for the impact of its research.

The Departments of Biology and Chemistry are two of the largest and most successful academic departments at York. Both departments were placed in the top ten UK universities for Research Power by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF). We strive to provide a working environment, which allows all staff and students to contribute fully, to flourish, and to excel. We are proud of our Athena SWAN Gold Awards.

The University values all employees for the qualities and skills they bring to the workplace and aims to be a diverse and egalitarian community in which all can thrive. 

The post is available from 1 November 2017 on a full-time basis (although applications for flexible or part-time working will be considered)

Salary will be: £31,604 – £38,832 a year

Closing date: 6 October 2017

To apply

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Paul Pryor ( or Prof Tony Wilkinson ( 

For further information and to apply on-line, please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

The University of York is committed to promoting equality and diversity.