University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Molecular Microbiology
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Closing Date: 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Grade 7 (£29,099 - £35,788)

A post-doctoral research position is available in the Division of Molecular Microbiology, College of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. The MRC-funded project (“The assembly of tetrathionate reductase in pathogenic bacteria”), which is scheduled to start between 1 October 2011 and 1 January 2012, will be carried out in the laboratory of Professor Frank Sargent and will be for 2 years 9 months duration. The starting salary is fixed at Grade 7, Point 29 (£29,099).

The Sargent group is interested in the assembly and targeting of bacterial metal-containing enzymes, particularly the molybdenum-dependent terminal reductases of Escherichia coli and Salmonella (e.g. Sargent,F. 2007. Biochemical Society Transactions 35, 835-847). The aim of the project is to characterize the mechanism of assembly and export of tetrathionate reductase, which is thought to be a key enzyme responsible for pathogenesis of Salmonella.

Candidates must have a strong academic record and a demonstrated interest in bacterial biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or membrane biology. We are looking for candidates with a PhD in a relevant discipline and preferably at least one publication in an internationally-recognized peer-reviewed scientific journal. Expertise in genetic manipulation of E. coli and/or Salmonella, isolation of recombinant proteins, analysis of protein-protein interactions, and/or protein crystallography, would be an advantage. The successful candidate will have proven experience in the following areas: protein biochemistry, molecular biology, and bacterial cell biology.

Applications sent directly to Prof. Sargent will not be considered.

To apply on-line please visit: If you are unable to apply on-line please contact Human Resources on (01382) 386209 (answering machine) for an application pack. Please quote reference number LS0093.  Closing date: 14 September 2011.

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