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Postdoc Job!

Richard M Walmsley richard.walmsley at umist.ac.uk
Tue Oct 21 05:18:06 EST 1997

Postdoctoral Position available - starting November 1, 1997
Department of Biomolecular Sciences, UMIST, Manchester.

An EC-funded position is available for an individual interested in DNA
repair and the development of Biosensors for environmental monitoring.  The
appointment is for up to three years and Bioscientists with a background in
molecular biology or molecular genetics are invited to apply.  Cloning and
other manipulations using a PCR approach will constitute a large part of
the work.  The successful applicant will be involved in a strain
development programme designed to deliver an improved reporter for DNA
damage and other stresses which exploits the damage repair systems of
Saccharomyces cerevisiae. 

The position to be filled is one of four which will be supported by an EC
programme called EMFID: Environmental Monitoring by Fluorescence Induction
and Detection.  The programme links our department with the UMIST
Department of Instrumentation and Analytical Science (DIAS) together with
the The Hans-Kn=F6ll-Institut fur Naturstoff-Forschung in Jena, Germany and
the Institute for Microbiology at the University of Bern, Switzerland. 

A willingness to collaborate with specialists in the fields of
Instrumentation and Analytical Science will be important, since the yeast
strain development programme must deliver the living components of  the new
biosensing instruments being developed.

The Department of Biomolecular Sciences at UMIST was rated 5a in the recent
UK Research Assessment Exercise and has outstanding facilities for
research. Principal among these are: oligonucleotide and peptide synthesis,
protein sequencing, automated  DNA sequencing reactions and DNA
fluorescence sequencing, HPLC and FPLC, fermentation with computerised data
logging & control, gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, dedicated
molecular graphics work station, networked computer clusters (with email
and departmental Web site), 2D quantitative determination of radioactivity
and chemiluminescence, computerised image analysis, fluorescence and light
microscopy with camera systems, stereo dissection microscopy,
transmission-EM, scanning tunnelling-EM and atomic force microscopy,
ultramicrotomy, bioparticle delivery (for transformation), photographic
facilities (including dedicated EM and autoradiography suites, image
scanning and slide making), patch and single electrode clamping and other
equipment for electrophysiology, fully equipped histology lab, tissue
culture suites, central media production, and sterilisation unit. On, or
close to the campus, access to flow cytometry, confocal microscopy,
electrospray and matrix- assisted laser desorption
ionisation/time-of-flight mass spectroscopy, NMR, X-ray microanalysis for
EM and cryo-ultramicotomy. Other core facilities support all aspects of
modern molecular genetic analysis.

If you are interested or wish further details, please send email or regular
mail including your CV to me, Richard Walmsley.

Richard Walmsley
Senior Lecturer
Dept of Biomolecular Sciences  
(previously known as  Biochemistry and Applied Molecular Biology)
PO Box 88,
Manchester, M60 1QD
Fax 	0161 236 0409:
tel 	0161 200 4174:
email walmsley at umist.ac.uk

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