University of Dundee

The University of Dundee is one of the leading universities in Europe for research in Life Sciences. We make fundamental discoveries on the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying health and disease in humans, animals, plants, parasites and bacteria and translate that knowledge to address global challenges. In the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality in UK higher education institutions – REF2014 –Dundee was ranked the top University in Biological Sciences. More recent rankings widely recognized as indicators of scientific excellence place Dundee high in their rankings. The CWTS Leiden Ranking 2021 for Biomedical and Health Sciences Impact places Dundee is 5th in the UK and Europe, 11th in the World and the 2020 QS World University Rankings in Biological Sciences place Dundee joint 1st in the UK and Europe and joint 16th in the World as judged by ‘citations-per-paper’, one of the most widely recognized metrics of scientific excellence. ‘The State of Innovation’ report by Clarivate Analytics in 2017 ranked Dundee as the most influential scientific research institution in the world for pharmaceuticals for the period 2006-16. The School enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities.

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Principal Investigator positions in Biological Chemistry & Drug Discovery

Applications are sought for Principal Investigators in the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery, with strong research interests in biochemistry, molecular biology and/ or structural biology applied to infectious or orphan diseases; or computational chemistry applied to drug discovery. The successful applicant is expected to develop collaborations within the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery and more widely within the College of Life Sciences and University of Dundee.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Characterisation of Cellular Signalling Pathways by Mass Spectrometry

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position to work with Dr Matthias Trost to study signalling pathways by targeted quantitative mass spectrometry. Cellular signalling pathways are deregulated in a large number of human diseases. For this reason, protein kinases have become the pharmaceutical industry’s most important class of drug target.


Applications are invited for a Technician to join our E.coli Expression System team within the production group of the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee.

This group is responsible for the production of pilot and high throughput screening quantities of a wide variety of protein targets expressed and purified from bacteria for both pharmaceutical and biotech collaborators. The post holder will report to the Managers of the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Gabriela ALEXANDRU. We are seeking to recruit an outstanding, highly motivated scientist to study the function of the p97 ubiquitin-receptor/chaperone and its UBX-domain cofactors in human cells. We aim to define the role played by individual UBX-proteins within the complex array of cellular functions performed by p97. In particular, we will explore the role of p97 and UBX-proteins in modulating protein aggregation and the therapeutic potential of these proteins in neurodegeneration.

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

One year post-doctoral position for developmental biologist with experience of early chick embryo, manipulation and culture. Expertise in molecular biology and experience with preparation and analysis of RNAseq samples from early embryos would be a distinct advantage.

Post will be available from 30 October 2011.