Postdoctoral Scientists

Positions Available

(New - May 2020!)

We have openings available immediately for postdoctoral scientists in the group to boost our efforts in targeted protein degradation and PROTAC design and drug discovery, under the auspices of our new Protein Degradation Centre.

1) SLSC0731: 2x Structural Biology / Biophysics Scientists (PROTAC drug discovery)

We are seeking two highly motivated scientists with research experience in structural biology and/or biophysics to join a multi-disciplinary drug discovery team based within Dundee’s School of Life Sciences. The team is engaged in an exciting collaboration on proteolysis-targeting chimeras (PROTAC) drug discovery between the Ciulli group and Boehringer Ingelheim. Our mission is to discover novel small-molecule degraders to treat cancer and other human diseases with serious unmet medical needs. The scientists will be expected to augment and expand the structure and biophysics guided approaches the team are taking to accelerate translation of research in this field and to develop degrader drug candidates.

More information and apply here.

Closing date: 5 June 2020.

2) SLSC0732: Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Organic Medicinal Chemistry / Chemical Biology)

We are seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher with experience in organic & medicinal chemistry and/or chemical biology to join our group, on a project in close collaboration with the group of Dario Alessi at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU). The goal of the project is to develop novel bifunctional degrader molecules, also known as proteolysis-targeting chimeras (PROTACs), for a challenging protein kinase target linked to disease. Opportunity to be trained in PROTAC design chemistry and characterization, and cell signaling of Parkinson disease. 

More information and apply here.

Closing date: 5 June 2020.



We are always looking for talented, self-motivated and creative individuals with interest in targeted protein degradation and protein-protein interactions, and skills and expertise from a wide range of areas: from chemical synthesis and chemical biology, to structural cell biology, fragment-based drug discovery and computational chemistry. There are opportunities to work on a wide range of different projects as part of a multidisciplinary group in the Ciulli lab. Vacancies become available periodically, and these posts will be advertised here and here. However, the timescale for filling these vacancies can be short, so if you are planning a career that involves training and working with us, the best way to guarantee a place in the lab is to secure an independent postdoctoral fellowship. Links to some of the organisations that sponsor fellowships are provided below, but this list is not exhaustive, so it may be worth doing your own research.

Please contact me by email if you intend to apply for your own funding. Sources of funding include:

EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowships
- Postdoctoral Fellowships from EMBOFEBS, and HFSP
Wellcome Trust Fellowships
- the Royal Society Fellowships and the Newton Trust International Fellowships
SULSA Postdoctoral and Early Career Researcher Exchanges
The Leverhulme Trust

A number of Postdoctoral Scholarships and Sponsorships are also available from the following countries:

UK (The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851)
Germany (DAAD, DFG e.g. Walter Benjamin program and Alexandre Von Humboldt Foundation)
- Switzerland (SNF Postdoc Mobility and Early Postdoc Mobility)
- Denmark (Villum Kann Rasmussen Fonden)
- Finland (Academy of Finland and PostDoc Pool)
- Sweden and Italy (Foundation BLANCEFLOR Boncompagni-Ludovisi)
- Sweded (Swedish Research Council 
- Spain (Beatriu de Pinos programme)
- Portugal (FCT - Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia)
- Australia (Australian National Health and Medical Research Council, Endeavour Leadership Program)
- Canada (CIHR and NSERC). The difference is basic science (NSERC) vs translational/medical impact (CIHR), this link will give a clearer picture.
- Japan (JSPS)
- United States (NSF)

A detailed list of funding schemes and opportunities for postdoctoral fellowships can be found here.