University of Dundee

Post-doctoral Research Assistant

Cell and Developmental Biology
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Closing Date: 
Friday, October 19, 2018
Grade 7 (£32,236 - £39,609)
The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

Post-doctoral Research Assistant – Regulation and evolution of soma in Dictyostelia

A postdoctoral research position is offered for a period of 12 months to investigate the signalling mechanisms that control somatic cell differentiation in Dictyostelium discoideum and to retrace the evolutionary history of the emergence of these cell types and their regulatory mechanisms in lower Dictyostelia.

Applicants must have a PhD in molecular or evolutionary biology. They should have broad experience with bioinformatics, especially phylogenetics and next generation sequencing (NGS) data analysis, and proficiency in molecular and cellular techniques, including the culture, gene modification and in situ hybridization of Dictyostelium species.

The salary will be £32,236 - £39,609 per annum.

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).

For further information contact Pauline Schaap at or visit our website

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