Marie Curie MAGIC Early Researcher

Closing date : 05/12/2013

Reference : LSX-03394

Faculty / Organisational unit : Life Sciences

School / Directorate : Life Sciences

Division : School of Life Sciences Research

Employment type : Fixed Term

Duration : Available until 30 September 2017

Location : Oxford Road, Manchester

Salary : £40,178 per annum

Hours per week : Full Time

From February 2014 the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB) and Photon Sciences Institute (PSI) within the Faculties of Life Sciences and Engineering & Physical Sciences, respectively, will host a €3.5 million Marie Curie Initial Training Network – MAGIC “MAGnetic Innovation in Catalysis”. The training network has been funded as part of The European Commission’s forward strategy for the development of future emerging technologies, through which it has funded a set of initiatives to extend training and capabilities to result in and increase one of the central pillars of the EU research and innovation programme addressing key priorities within Horizon 2020: Excellent Science.

The network will be co-directed by Professor Nigel Scrutton and Richard Winpenny in collaboration with a total of twelve industry and academic partners: the Universities of Tokyo, Freiburg, Lund, Joseph Fourier, Edinburgh and Copenhagen, and with AstraZeneca, Bruker, TgK, Conformetrix and SARomics. Twelve Early Stage Researchers (ESRs) will be recruited to the Innovative Doctoral training network and will work on a variety of research projects for 3 yrs working towards a PhD registered at The University of Manchester working with experienced supervisors and interdisciplinary teams. The ESR researchers will use a variety of experimental technologies around magnetic resonance and will undertake relevant research secondments based with our industrial/academic partners.

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The main scientific aims of the network program will be to:

  1. Train the future generation of leading investigators of biological catalysis/enzymology with a view to developing new enabling technologies that can advance physical understanding of catalysis and mechanism.
  2. Perform collaborative research projects that will explore the mechanistic details of enzyme systems by adopting innovative, versatile and unique experimental techniques to probe the contributions of motions across multiple spatial and temporal timescales and quantum chemical effects.
  3. Develop these novel methods to transform current experimental capabilities and apply them to a range of important biological catalyst to probe the mechanistic importance of coupled motions and quantum physico-chemical effects.

12 Early Stage Researchers are sought to perform research on one of 12 research projects with a view to developing new enabling technologies that can advance physical understanding of catalysis and mechanism. ESRs will be expected to work towards a PhD through registration at The University of Manchester.

Please ensure you quote ESRMAGIC13 on your application and all associated documents

Informal Enquiries

Informal enquiries should be made to Dr. Penny Johnson


The University of Manchester values a diverse workforce and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website – click on the ‘Apply’ button below to find out more.

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