University of Dundee

D'Arcy Thompson Unit

Laboratory Teaching Technician

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties

D’Arcy Thompson Unit, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Education within the School of Life Sciences, wishes to appoint a laboratory teaching technician who will provide a technical support service for undergraduate practical class teaching.

Key Duties:

As part of a technical support team you will:

Life Sciences Graduate has COVID-19 research published in microbiology journal

A University of Dundee graduate has discovered key information that will help scientists better understand the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic. Conchita Fraguas Bringas’ has had her research into SARS-CoV-2 published in the journal Access Microbiology, a rare achievement for an undergraduate. Remarkably, Conchita’s computer-based bioinformatics project was undertaken while under the strict Spanish lockdown and while she was completing the final exams of her Biological Sciences degree.

Success for School in Times Higher Education Awards Shortlisting

The annual Times Higher Education Awards shortlist was announced this morning with the School having representation in three categories. David Martin for Most Innovative Teacher of the Year; Bill Hunter for Outstanding Research Supervisor of the Year; and the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT) for Knowledge Exchange/Transfer Initiative of the Year.

Virtual Summer School is a success in Life Sciences

During the SLS summer school students usually expect to gain wet lab experience and benefit from working alongside PhD students and postdoctoral researchers on the bench. The coronavirus pandemic has had a major impact on this year’s programme as access to the labs was restricted and placements cancelled. Instead, twenty Dundee undergraduates from second and third year undertook virtual projects over a period of five weeks.

Continued excellent levels of student satisfaction and employability for Biological and Biomedical Sciences programmes

The results of the National Student Survey (NSS) 2020 were recently announced with continued successes for our Biological and Biomedical Sciences programmes. Our degrees, offered through the Schools of Life Sciences and Medicine, maintained the high satisfaction rates that have been recorded in recent years.

Congratulations to Life Sciences Prize Winners 2019/20

We would like to congratulate all of our prize winners for the academic year 2019/20 in the School of Life Sciences. We know it has been a challenging year for many reasons, but the dedication and effort you have all put into your studies has been rewarded by your success in winning a school prize (or in some cases more than one!). For those that have graduated we wish you every success in the future and please do keep in touch! For those that are coming back to continue their studies-we look forward to seeing you in the early Autumn.

Best wishes

Double win for Hari Hundal in DUSA Awards

Professor Hari Hundal from the School was recognised by the student community in the University at the Dundee University Student Association (DUSA) student-led teaching awards this week. Hari won two awards for his teaching. These were in the Innovation in Teaching category and the Most Inspirational Teacher category (jointly won). These wins follow his award last year, where he also won in the Most Inspirational Teacher category.

Life Sciences graduate’s search for COVID-19 treatments

When Ashley Giam left Singapore for the UK, she could not have imagined that the move would lead to her working on potential treatments for the deadliest pandemic the world has seen for a century.

Back in 2016, Ashley came to the University of Dundee to study for a Biomedical Sciences degree. Ashley fell in love with research during that time, and the offer of a PhD place at the University in the School of Medicine was the reward for her stellar academic performance.

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