Research Assistant

JOB DESCRIPTION / ROLE

Employment: Full Time

Job Description
The Department of Chemistry at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) is seeking applications for a full-time research assistant to investigate the production of novel edible non-digestible fiber through enzymes and their effect on gut-induced immunity markers. The successful candidate will be offered a two years position in a research project supported by a UAEU research council.

The candidate will be involved in a project investigating the synthesis of diverse fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) by enzymes/microorganisms and their effect on gut microbiota-related immunity in mice models. The goal of the project is to exploit the unique nature of fructosyltransferase enzymes with the probability of producing unique oligo/polysaccharides for the modulation of gut microbiota and gut-induced immunity. Molecular biology techniques coupled with genome data analysis and physical techniques like XRD, MS, and NMR to evaluate gut-induced immunity and for the characterization of enzymatic products will be used in the project.

REQUIREMENTS

Minimum Qualification
Highly self-motivated candidates with Masters/M.phil in Biochemistry/Biotechnology with a strong academic track record and relevant experience in molecular biology (cloning, electrophoresis, protein purification, enzyme assays, western blotting), NMR, basic bioinformatics, and mice handling techniques are encouraged to apply. Practical experience with XRD and MS would be advantageous.

Preferred Qualification
Candidates with experience in PCR, electrophoresis, western blotting, microbial cell culture, protein purification techniques, enzyme assays, TLC, mice handling techniques, genome data analysis, and NMR are required. However, candidates having experience in XRD, MS, and homology modeling would be preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and the ability to work well in a collaborative environment with skills in networking are highly advantageous.

ABOUT THE COMPANY

Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU is a comprehensive, research-intensive university enrolling about 14,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

As a research-intensive university of international stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked the number one research university in the GCC, number two in the Arab World, and #370 globally.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand. UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Our continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence.

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