Postdoctoral Fellow

In the Crick's Gamblin S | Research Group.

Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to lead their own projects and collaborate within the lab and externally. The ability to work in a team is essential.
Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Job reference
From £41,935 per annum with benefits, subject to skills and experience
Applications closed
23 November 2023, 23:59 GMT
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 24 October 2023

Job title: Postdoctoral Fellow – S. Gamblin Lab

Reporting to: Steve Gamblin, Director Research Infrastructure and Group Leader

Contract term: This is a full-time, fixed term 4 year position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.

The Research Group

The Gamblin laboratory applies structural biology and biophysics techniques to determine the molecular mechanisms of major macromolecular complexes implicated in disease. Details of research projects currently being undertaken can be seen on our website at: Research techniques used in the laboratory include Cryo-Electron Microscopy, X-Ray crystallography, biophysical characterisation of protein-protein and protein-nucleic acid interactions and enzyme kinetics.

The aims of this project include an investigation of the of the molecular mechanisms of viral surface protein and host cell receptor interactions that ultimately lead to viral fusion and infection. In this project, some of the specific aims could include but not be limited to:

  • Structural characterisation of viral surface proteins

  • Cryo EM using the facilities at the Francis Crick Institute

  • Biophysical characterisation of the host cell surface protein interactions.

  • Characterisation of intermediate protein conformational states.

Postdoctoral Fellows are expected to lead their own projects, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and guide PhD students in their research. The ability to work in a team is essential.

The Project

We wish to recruit a Postdoctoral Fellow to join the Gamblin team to work on a project focused on determining the molecular mechanisms of viral infectivity. The aim is to investigate the conformational dynamics of fusion with the host cell membrane mediated by viral surface protein and the molecular factors that regulate the efficiency of this process. The successful candidate will principally use methods in structural biology enzymology and biophysics combined with the advantages of working in the multi-disciplinary environment of the Francis Crick Laboratories

Postdoctoral Fellows will lead their own projects, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and may guide PhD students in their research. The ability to work in a team is essential.

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values: bold, imaginative, open, dynamic and collegial, in addition to the following:


  • PhD in a structural biology or related field or in the final stages of PhD submission

  • Good knowledge and experience in protein biochemistry and enzymology

  • Technical expertise in recombinant protein production

  • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by publications or submitted manuscripts in referred journals

  • Evidence of data presentation at scientific meetings

  • Experience of experimental design


  • Experience in research with multi-protein complexes

  • Experience in the design and analysis of enzyme assays

  • Experience in protein binding studies

About us

At the Crick, we conduct research at the forefront of biomedical research. We combine rigour with an open and collaborative culture, and are outward-looking, reflecting our status as a partnership of six organisations aiming to pool knowledge, ideas and resources.

We have a wide research portfolio with no divisions or departments, bringing biomedical researchers together with clinicians, physical scientists and applied scientists from our pharmaceutical partners.

We aim to attract the most talented researchers and support them to tackle innovative research questions. Our science technology platforms provide our researchers with access to state-of-the-art technology and expertise.

We provide an excellent learning environment with dedicated education programmes in public engagement with science, education and personal development, and a postdoc programme that prepares scientists for leadership roles in science.

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