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Research Associate

University of Sheffield

Sheffield, United Kingdom

Are you interested in working for a world top 100 University? We are looking for a postdoc with demonstrated skills in computing, to develop an exciting suite of programs and web servers for validation of NMR structures, to be used by a wide
range of structural biologists. You will join the high-profile interdisciplinary team of Prof Mike Williamson in the internationally excellent academic department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. You will be the local computing expert, interacting with experimental scientists and mathematicians (including collaborators in Japan), and will be expected to develop a close collaboration with major structural databases. You will have a relevant PhD (e.g. in computer science or engineering) or equivalent experience, demonstrated technical expertise in computing, good mathematical ability, a passion to communicate, a desire to learn new skills, and the ambition to make a real contribution to structural biology.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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Job Description
The successful applicant will be the computing expert within a multidisciplinary team working on aproject that aims to develop novel computational methodology for validating NMR structures of proteins. Technical ability and communications skills are therefore paramount.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
 Plan and design research on protein structure validation.
 Read and review literature as appropriate.
 Design and build computer programs for validating NMR structures of proteins.
 Analyse and compare the results of these computer programs.
 Design and build web sites and web servers.
 Liaise closely with other researchers, including within PDB, BMRB and CcpNMR.
 Conduct calculations and interpret results.
 Presentation of results, both orally (at conferences) and written (in papers).
 Interact with and support students in the group, and take part in lab management.
 Keep appropriate records of all work carried out.
 Contribute to conference presentations, and write papers.
 Attend project meetings and research advisory group meetings.
 Any other duties, commensurate with the grade of the post.


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