University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant (in bacterial virulence factor biosynthesis)

Molecular Microbiology
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Closing Date: 
Friday, August 10, 2018
Grade 7 (£31,604 - £38,833)

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Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in bacterial virulence factor biosynthesis in the laboratory of Dr. Helge Dorfmueller. The focus of the work is on the enzymes responsible for the synthesis of the bacterial streptococcal surface carbohydrate and its role in the virulence (see van Sorge et al., 2014, van der Beek et al., 2015 and 2018). This position, which is funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society, is initially available from September 2018 for a period of 2 years.


The successful candidate will have an outstanding academic record, a PhD in molecular glycobiology or related discipline and at least one first author publication in an internationally recognised, peer-reviewed scientific journal. Experience in molecular biology and protein purification is expected.

A research background in the areas of carbohydrate biosynthesis and analysis by mass-spectrometry, assay development and structural biology is highly desirable. Experience in biophysical binding studies or carbohydrate analysis would be advantageous.

The successful candidates will be encouraged to demonstrate independence and innovative thinking whilst being an integral part of the lab team, and will have the opportunity to learn new techniques and approaches within our lab and those of collaborators.


Candidates must have the ability to work as part of a team, but be able to plan and work independently, and must have excellent communication skills and proficiency in English.

The Dorfmueller lab is based in the Division of Molecular Microbiology, within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. The Division of Molecular Microbiology is a dynamic and friendly work environment and the School of Life Sciences is recognised as a top UK and international centre for research in the Life Sciences.

Informal enquiries may be made to Applications sent to Dr Dorfmueller directly will not be considered.



van der Beek et al., 2018,

van der Beek et al., 2015 Molecular Microbiology,

van Sorge et al., Host Cell & Microbe, 2014,


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).

This position is Full-Time, Fixed-Term for 24 Months.


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