University of Dundee

Research Technician

Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression
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Closing Date: 
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Grade 5 (£22,017 - £25,482)
Research Technician position to support biochemistry work to study O-GlcNAc signalling pathways linked to development and neurodegeneration in the laboratory of Professor Daan van Aalten FRSE.

Applications are invited for a research technician position to work in the multidisciplinary laboratory of Daan van Aalten, where we aim to elucidate fundamental mechanisms of the O-GlcNAc posttranslational modification in development and neurodegeneration. This position is funded by a prestigious 5-year Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust. The van Aalten lab has a major interest in how O-GlcNAcylation controls protein function. We use biochemical approaches to study the mechanisms of how O-GlcNAc controls patterning of the early embryo and the nervous system.

The successful applicant will provide critical services for the lab's research. After training, the Research Technician will perform protein purification and a range of basic assays. The person will be also contribute to the general day to day running of the lab.

This position is available for 6 months at 70% part time in the first instance. Starting date February/March 2019.

Candidate requirements:


- Familiarity with basic laboratory techniques such as DNA and RNA extraction, PCR, gel electrophoresis and Western blots.

- Good manual dexterity and ability to perform delicate collection actions.

- Capable of working in a team, but able to plan and work independently.

- Excellent communication skills to coordinate with lab members.

- Ability to follow specific protocols and verbal direction.

- Mathematical ability as needed to accurately execute and modify recipes according to volume needed.

- Good organizational and time management skills.

- Willingness to assist and communicate with other team members of the laboratory.


- A background in working in biochemistry lab.

For informal enquiries please contact Daan van Aalten ( For details on the van Aalten lab please visit our website

The van Aalten lab is based in the Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression and is an exciting and collaborative research environment, equipped to the highest international standards. The School of Life Sciences 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. This is one of the premier Life Sciences research centres in the world and was recently assessed as the top UK University for Life Sciences research in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).

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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