Gideon’s research spans the disciplines of Chemistry and Biology, with a focus on the structural enzymology and chemical biology of proteins involved in the synthesis and degradation of carbohydrates. Current projects include:
Gideon has won many awards including:
Gideon was elected as a Fellow of The Royal Society and a member of the European Molecular Biology Organization in 2010; he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences in 2014.
Keith was appointed to a Chair in the YSBL in 1995, and has led the group for the last 15 years. He was previously head of the EMBL Hamburg Outstation. He has researched in protein crystallography since 1971. He is seconded one day per week to act as the scientific advisor of the Collaborative Computational Project Number 4 for Protein Crystallography (CCP4).
Keith’s research focuses around protein crystallography and structural enzymology; in particular, the relation between structure and function in biologically active macromolecules using the techniques of protein crystallography for which the YSBL is extremely well equipped. Current interests include:
Martin joined the Department in 2014 as a lecturer in synthetic and chemical biology specialising in the glyco area. As recognition of the capacity and excellence of glycoscience research at York, the University (Davies, Fascione and others) was recently awarded funding by the BBSRC to purchase the first oligosaccharide synthesiser in the UK, the Glyconeer. The successful glycoscience appointee will work closely with Fascione, where appropriate, harnessing the potential of the Glyconeer.
Martin’s research covers bioorthogonal chemical glycobiology:
Kevin is a research fellow in computation methods development for structural biology, funded by STFC. He currently holds two BBSRC grants, for the development of novel methods for the refinement of atomic models and automated model building tools for electron microscopy reconstructions. Kevin’s research covers multiple disciplines connected by the computational analysis of data, including X-ray crystallography, electron microscopy and climate science.
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The Gold award from Athena SWAN for encouraging the advancement of women's careers in science was won by the Department of Chemistry in 2007 and renewed in 2010 and 2015. This was the first Gold award made in this scheme. The Athena SWAN Charter was established to recognise and celebrate good employment practice for women working in science disciplines in higher education and research, and now extends to include all academic disciplines.
I've had two periods of maternity leave since joining the Department in 2000, and I benefited from supportive management and flexible working on my return from both absences, which really helped whilst the children settled. Since then I've moved from full-time to various degrees of part-time and back again, to balance the changing demands of work and family.
The Department also supported my career helping me with promotion (including to Professor) when working part-time. Now the children have longer hours at school, I returned to full-time work in 2016, but like many working parents or carers, I'm thankful for flexible and home working.
I was appointed as an Anniversary Lecturer in 2012, and was able to settle into life at York quickly and easily due to help from my mentor, Professor Anne Duhme-Klair, and other colleagues in the Inorganic group who offered support on both practical and personal levels. I now have a thriving research group which includes a number of shared students, and strong collaborative links within and beyond the Department.
From very early on, I held positions on Departmental committees such as Research Committee, Equality and Diversity Group, and the Management Team, and my experience has been of an inclusive and egalitarian management ethos reflecting a genuine desire to support transparency and equality in order to foster excellence.
Founded on principles of excellence, equality and opportunity for all, the University of York opened in 1963 with just 230 students. In 2016 it is the centre for almost 16,000 students across more than 30 academic departments and research centres. In over 50 years we have become one of the world's leading universities and a member of the prestigious Russell Group.
The University has consistently been recognised as one of the leading Higher Education Institutes and is one of just six post-war universities which appear in the world top 100 (2013-14) and 15th in the Times & Sunday Times league table (2016). The University of York has won six Times Higher Education (THE) Awards and five Queen’s Anniversary Prizes.
We are proud of our association with Athena SWAN, holding ten awards in support of women in science, with gold awards for Chemistry and Biology as well as a University-wide bronze award.
Of 154 universities that took part in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) in 2014, the University of York ranked 14th overall and 10th on the impact of our research. The University is consistently in the top ten UK research universities and attracts over £60m a year of funding from research alone.
Centred around the picturesque village of Heslington on the edge of the city of York, our colleges are set in an attractive landscaped campus. With a compact and easy to get around design, York enjoys a safe, friendly atmosphere. The campus offers a wealth of facilities, which includes bars, shops, theatres and concert halls all within easy walking distance.
The position arises as a result of a Royal Society Ken Murray Research Professorship awarded to Professor Gideon Davies, FRS FMedSci, and will further strengthen and expand York's work in Chemical Glycoscience.
Closing date 5/2/17
A key component of the future research strategy of the Department is the establishment of a cryo-electron microscopy (Cryo-EM) imaging facility. We are seeking to appoint a high-calibre researcher in Cryo-EM with a clear vision and proven track record to lead their own programme of internationally excellent research.
Closing date 12/2/17
Internationally acclaimed for its rich heritage and historic architecture, York's bustling streets are filled with visitors from all over the world. Within its medieval walls you will find the iconic gothic Minster, Clifford’s Tower and the Shambles - just a few of the many attractions.
But York isn't just a great place to visit - it's also a great place to live and work. While nourishing a vibrant cosmopolitan atmosphere, York still maintains the friendly sense of community unique to a small city.
York boasts specialist and unique boutiques but also all the high street stores on its busy shopping streets. Alongside them you will find cinemas, theatres, an opera house, art galleries, a vast range of restaurants, live music venues and clubs. York is particularly renowned for its multitude of pubs and bars, from the modern to the medieval.
The Lonely Planet guide recently declared Yorkshire the third best region in the world to visit. There is something to cater to every taste, whether it be the rugged landscapes of the Moors or the Dales, the picturesque seaside towns of Scarborough and Robin Hoods Bay, the gothic architecture of Whitby or the vibrancy of cosmopolitan Leeds.
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