University of Dundee

Scientific Officer (in Drug Discovery)

Molecular Medicine
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, April 26, 2015
Grade 7 (£30,434 - £37,394)

We are seeking an experienced scientist to work as Scientific Officer on a project aimed at the development of small molecule therapeutics for human skin disease in collaboration with the Drug Discovery Unit. Applicants should have a degree in biology, chemistry, or pharmacology. You must have substantial experience in genetics, molecular biology, microbiology, tissue culture, quantitative PCR, protein biochemistry, RNA biochemistry, immunoassays, high-throughput screening and have some experience in statistical analysis. Previous laboratory experience in the development and routine application of medium- or high-throughput assays, particularly in an industrial context, would be a distinct advantage.

The successful applicant will work as part of a multidisciplinary team who are developing new small molecule therapies aimed at dermatological diseases and will work under the day-to-day direction of Dr Robyn Hickerson, in the laboratory of Professor Irwin McLean. For an overview of this research group see

This position will be for 24 months.

Job Description

Duties will include:

1. Cloning and generation of bacterial cell lines
2. Basic microbiology
3. Basic genetics including sequencing, PCR, primer design, etc
4. RNA isolation and quantitative PCR
5. Contributing to basic molecular biology and biochemistry core techniques to support a busy laboratory
6. Providing guidance to more junior colleagues
7. Good interpersonal and communication skills are extremely important

How to apply:

To apply on-line click here.