University of Dundee

Molecular/Cellular Biologist

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, April 17, 2016
Grade 7 (£30,738 - £37,768)

The Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (BCDD) ( is a multidisciplinary Division within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. The division occupies modern laboratories with state of the art facilities. The division includes both research in fundamental biology and translational research. A key area of research for BCDD is the kinetoplastids, organisms which cause a variety of diseases in humans and animals.

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated researcher with appropriate skills in molecular and cell biology to join a recently formed group tasked with investigating mechanisms of action of drugs and compounds in trypanosomatid parasites. This group works with existing research groups within BCDD, employing cutting edge molecular biology, cell biology and biochemical tools to define drug mechanisms in Trypanosoma brucei, Leishmania spp. and T. cruzi.

Personal Specification:

• A Ph.D. in a relevant subject, such as molecular biology or biochemistry.
• Extensive experience in molecular biology is essential.
• Extensive experience in cell culture is essential.
• Experience of culturing category 2 pathogens (preferred but not essential).
• Experience in imaging using microscopy is desirable.
• Computer and data processing/management skills
• Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team
• Good communication skills – written/verbal
• Track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals

The post is available immediately for 3 years.

For more information please contact: Susan Wyllie (, or Ian Gilbert (

Applications should be submitted via the link below and not to the individuals named above.

A few facts about The School of Life Sciences at Dundee:

• The School of Life Sciences has over 1000 research and support staff from around 60 countries and external funding in excess of £100 million in 2013
• Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine
• Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is the highest-rated for Biological Sciences in the UK by the main standard of University research performance REF2014.

Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, has a relatively low cost of living. It lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills.

How to apply:

To apply on-line click here.