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Research Fellow (Postdoc) on single-molecule pharmacology of G protein-coupled receptors

Post on 28 October 2018

University of Birmingham

College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research
Post Title: Research Fellow – Research Fellow (Postdoc) on single-molecule pharmacology of G protein-coupled receptors – 80206

Duration: Full Time, Fixed Term for 3 years
Salary: 7, Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.
Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, UK

Summary of Role
Our group investigates the molecular mechanisms of signalling by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which mediate the effects of many hormones and neurotransmitters and are major drug targets. To this end, we develop innovative biophysical methods based on single-molecule microscopy and FRET (e.g. Calebiro et al. PNAS 2013; Godbole et al. Nat. Commun. 2017; Sungkaworn et al. Nature 2017). The successful applicant will utilize and further develop innovative biophysical methods based on single-molecule microscopy and advanced computational algorithms to analyse the composition and dynamics of receptor signalling nanodomains in living cells. This approach will be used to clarify some of the most crucial mechanisms involved in adrenergic receptor signalling in cardiomyocytes under normal and pathological conditions, with the ultimate goal of developing novel therapeutic strategies for cardiovascular and endocrine diseases. The project will involve designing and carrying out single-molecule microscopy experiments in living cells as well as with purified proteins to investigate the dynamic interactions among receptors, G proteins and beta-arrestins that are at the basis of GPCR signalling.

Key Responsibilities Involved
• Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
• Contribute to writing bids for research funding
• Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars, etc.
• Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
• Contribute to Departmental/School research-related activities
• Collect research data
• Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
• Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification
• Completed or about to complete a PhD in biophysics, receptor pharmacology or related area
• Solid background in single-molecule imaging or similar advanced microscopy methods
• Ideally, previous experience with image analysis (e.g. single-particle tracking), programming and/or the design of optical setups
• Enthusiasm for interdisciplinary experimental research

Informal queries can be made to Davide Calebiro, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing Date: 19/11/2018
Reference No:80206

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