University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (mRNA cap regulation in T cells)

Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, January 21, 2018
Grade 7 (£31,604 - £38,833)

We are inviting expressions of interest from potential postdoctoral researchers to investigate the impact of mRNA cap regulation on T cell function.

We have recently been awarded an ERC grant to study how the mRNA cap is regulated in T cells to control cell function and fate. The new postdoc will investigate the impact of the different capping enzymes on T cell development, activation and effector function. The mRNA cap is an important but poorly understood structure which recruits the enzymes and co-factors involved in RNA processing and translation initiation. We have discovered mechanisms by which mRNA cap formation is regulated by oncogenes, signalling pathways and developmental pathways, resulting in changes in transcription and translation, which impact on cellular fate and function. The enzymes which catalyse mRNA cap synthesis are emerging as integrators of cellular signals which govern cell physiology and fate. The postdoc will investigate how the mRNA capping enzymes are regulated in T cells, the direct impact of the capping enzymes on transcription, RNA processing and translation using the latest sequencing and proteomics technologies, and the impact of the capping enzymes on T cell activation and function.

The new postdoc will join our lab at the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression, University of Dundee, UK. We strive to understand the function of mRNA cap regulation in mammals, in health and disease, working in T cells, embryonic stem cells and cancer cell systems. This position would suit a researcher with experience in adaptive immunity and/or gene expression research including transcriptomic analyses.

This position is available for 3 years in the first instance.

Grasso 2016: mRNA cap methylation in pluripotency and differentiation Cell Reports 2016 Aug 2;16(5):1352-65
Aregger 2016: CDK1-cyclinB activates RNMT Molecular Cell 2016 Mar 3;61(5):734-46

The Cowling lab is situated in the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression, a centre of scientific excellence with world-leading resources and state-of-the art technologies.

The University of Dundee is one of the leading universities in Europe for research in Life Sciences.

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. The initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £30,688).

How to apply:

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The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment.  We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award ( which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.