Funding Opportunities

I am pleased to consider applications from talented and motivated scientists to join our laboratory in the School of Life Sciences of the University of Dundee. Our work is highly interdisciplinary, combining chemical biology, medicinal chemistry and drug design, with structural biology and cell biology, so we welcome applications from a variety of backgrounds. Interested candidates should contact Alessio Ciulli (email: a.ciulli@dundee.ac.uk), and include a CV and contact details for two professional referees.


Available Openings

(New: January 2022!)

We have 3x openings available immediately for roles in the group to boost our efforts in targeted protein degradation and PROTAC design and drug discovery. The posts will be based in Dundee's new Centre for Targeted Protein Degradation (CeTPD). Interested candidates should contact directly Alessio for any informal enquiries  (email: a.ciulli@dundee.ac.uk). Find out more at https://www.dundee.ac.uk/cetpd/vacancies 



SLSC1011: Senior Chemistry Technician

SLSC1014: Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Chemical Structural Biology of E3 Ligases Ligands

SLSC1015: Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Development of Small-Molecule Probes for E3 Ligases)



PhD Studentships available:

none available at this time


MSC by Research Programme - Bringing proteins together with small molecules

Recent advances from the Ciulli Lab and others have contributed to the establishment of a game-changing new modality of chemical intervention into biological system – one that goes significantly beyond the state-of-the-art. Instead of blocking a target protein with conventional inhibitors, we are now designing and studying “tailored” molecules, bivalent conceptually and in function, that bring proteins together by forming stable and cooperative ternary complexes. We have shown that this key ternary recognition feature allows for fast and effective induce proximity-driven chemistries, specifically protein ubiquitylation and subsequent proteasomal degradation. We are beginning to understand the rules of how to design and study this new class of molecules in order to best trigger specific downstream signaling events, with profound biological consequences and attractive therapeutic potential.

Our research in this area takes a multidisciplinary approach including organic and medicinal chemistry and computational tools to design and achieve desired molecules; structural biology and biophysics to study binary and ternary complexes in solution and reveal their structural and dynamic interactions; and chemical biology, biochemistry, proteomics and cell biology to study the cellular impact of our small molecules into relevant cellular systems – for example cancer cells sensitive to the knockdown of the protein target in question. Our science takes advantage of latest technologies and vast expertise available at the School of Life Sciences e.g. within the FingerPrint Proteomics Facility and the Drug Discovery Unit that we have access to. We collaborate with several research groups within the School, including the Divisions of MRC-PPU, GRE, and CSI, to deploy our bivalent molecules to interrogate the biology of targets of interest and to dissect the functional consequences of disrupting the signaling networks in which they are involved.

A one-year Master project would typically fit as part of on-going projects and research interests of the Lab. Importantly; it can be tailored to the student specific interests and motivations. If you are interested in joining the lab and contributing to our science in this exciting new area, to learn more about our work and to discuss potential opportunities, do not hesitate to get in touch with Alessio.

Please see our website for further details and how to apply - https://www.dundee.ac.uk/study/pgr/life-sciences-msc-research/

Applications can also be submitted via Find-a-PhD.com

Gadd, M. S. et al. (2017) Nat. Chem. Biol. 13, 514-521. 
Maniaci, C. et al. (2017) Nat. Commun. 8, 830. 
Hughes, S.J., and Ciulli, A. (2017) Essays in Biochem. 61, 505-516. 
Maniaci, C., and Ciulli, A. (2019) Curr Opin Chem. Biol. 52, 145-156.