Postdoctoral Research Fellow - AR2620SB
School of Biology
Vacancy Description
School of Biology, Salary: £34,304 per annum, Start: 5 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter, Fixed term for 3 years
The bacterial type III CRISPR and CBASS anti-viral immune systems operate by generating a cyclic nucleotide second messenger to signal and combat infection. We wish to recruit a postdoctoral research fellow to study the molecular microbiology and in particular focus on the mechanism by which cyclic nucleotides are generated in response to viral/phage infection, how they function as downstream messengers in cellular defence systems, and how viruses overcome this defence. The successful applicant will have a PhD degree in Molecular Microbiology or a related field and experience in the study of bacteriophage and their interactions with bacterial hosts.

The post, which is available from 5 January 2022 for 3 years in the first instance, is funded by an ERC advanced grant. This project is based in the laboratory of Malcolm White in the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex at the University of St Andrews. You will join a well-resourced, dynamic group working on aspects of prokaryotic anti-viral defence systems.

Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Professor Malcolm White (e-mail: or Dr Larissa Krüger ( 

Applications are particularly welcome from women, people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented in research posts at the University.  

Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of the St Andrews experience.  We strive to create a fair and inclusive culture demonstrated through our commitment to diversity awards (Athena Swan, Carer Positive, LGBT Charter, Race Charters and Stonewall). We celebrate diversity by promoting profiles of BAME, LGBTIQ+ staff and supporting networks including the Staff BAME Network; Staff with Disabilities Network; Staff LGBTIQ+ Network; and the Staff Parents & Carers Network.  Full details available online:

Please quote ref: AR2620SB

Closing Date: 17 November 2021

Further Particulars: AR2620SB FPs.doc

School of Biology
Salary: £34,304 per annum
Start: 5 January 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter
Fixed term for 3 years