University of Dundee


Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
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Closing Date: 
Friday, September 14, 2018
Grade 4 (£19,202 - £22,017)

We are looking for an enthusiastic research technician to join Sir Philip Cohen’s research team, who are studying how the innate immune system works and how it is regulated in inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. The successful applicant will manage breeding colonies and assist with various in vivo studies. The responsibilities also include recording routine study data using electronic systems and coordinating in vivo experiments. As you are required to be involved in various in vivo studies, experience with in vivo models is essential. Possession of, or willingness to possess, a Home Office personal license is essential.

The nature of the work will require you to work as part of a team and be able to prioritise tasks effectively.

This is a full time fixed-term post based at Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee. This post is for two years in the first instance with the possibility of further extension.


MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (PPU)

This project will be performed in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU), based within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. The MRC-PPU is one of the world’s most renowned centres for research on protein phosphorylation and ubiquitylation. Many world leading researchers in the field of signal transduction have trained within the MRC-PPU. The major aims of the MRC-PPU are to advance understanding of the role of protein phosphorylation and ubiquitylation in cell regulation and human disease, to facilitate the development of drugs to treat diseases caused by abnormalities in phosphorylation, to generate reagents and improve technologies. Another key remit of the MRC-PPU is to train the next generation of scientists who will advance our understanding in this crucial area of medical research. The MRC-PPU is in a beautiful location overlooking the estuary of the River Tay and embedded within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee which is one of the premier Life Sciences research Centres in the world.

School of Life Sciences:

The School has nearly 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide, and enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, and its laboratories and technologies are at the highest international standards.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Paul Davies, General manager,



Candidate requirements:

  • A Home Office License, or willingness to obtain a Home Office License, is essential.
  • Practical experience of in vivo studies, gained in a research or commercial setting, or alternatively, extensive husbandry experience in a supervisory/deputy role. Candidates with experience in a veterinary setting may also be considered.
  • Extensive knowledge of the relevant legislation, regulatory framework and the 3R’s.
  • Experience in, or awareness of, the factors involved in colony production, colony management or transgenic technology.
  • Meticulous record keeping skills.
  • Good organisational and troubleshooting skills.
  • Experience, or knowledge of, genotyping methods such as PCR.
  • Tissue culture experience.
  • Capable of working in a team, but also able to plan and work independently, and prioritise workloads as needs of the department change.
  • A knowledge of, or willingness to learn GLP.
  • Must be able to communicate effectively across research teams and the core support staff.
  • Excellent communication skills and knowledge of the English language are essential.


Grade 4 minimum for a Personal License holder and Grade 5 would be a person with experience of colony management and/or study plan production, with hands on experimental in vivo work from start to finish of the study plan i.e. the primary responsible PIL Holder named on a study plan.

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. Just a short walk from the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, we’re close to both the train and bus stations. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.


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