University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (E3 ubiquitin ligases)

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, May 21, 2017
Grade 7 (£31,076 - £38,183)

Professor Alessio Ciulli’s laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to undertake research in collaboration with one of the leading pharmaceutical companies supporting the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT). The DSTT facilitates collaborations between some of the world’s major pharmaceutical companies (Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck-Serono) and leading Dundee-based researchers with a proven track record of achievement in understanding and exploiting the fundamental molecular causes of human disease in the fields of cancer, immune-regulation, neurodegeneration and hypertension resulting from disruptions in protein ubiquitylation, phosphorylation and other signalling networks.

The successful applicant will be based within the Ciulli lab in Dundee ( The laboratory is pioneering novel chemical structural biology approaches to target E3 ligases (see Lucas and Ciulli, Curr. Opin Struct Biol 2017 and Gadd et al. Nat. Chem Biol. 2017 for recent publications from the group in this area). The applicant will employ state of the art structural biology, cell biology and biophysical approaches to conduct molecular and structural studies on disease-relevant human E3 ubiquitin ligases. The Ciulli lab has close collaborations and access to facilities available within both the MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit ( and more widely within the School of Life Sciences. This set-up will ensure the successful candidate will have access to whatever technologies are required to conduct the projects that they are working on, including molecular, biochemical, mass spec proteomics, pharmacological and genetic methodologies including CRISPR/CAS9 knock-out and knock-in technologies. There will be regular opportunity for interaction and to discuss data within the group and with the collaborating pharma company.

The position is available for 2 years with possibility of further 2 years extension.

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent upon you having been awarded a PhD. An appointment may be considered if you are shortly expected to be awarded a PhD, in which case the initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £30,175).

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