University of Dundee

Research Technician in Histology

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Friday, September 21, 2018
Grade 5 (£22,017 - £25,482)
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.

We are seeking a research technician for a project aimed at the development of therapeutics for human skin disease. Applicants should have good A-level or equivalent Higher qualification, or a degree in a biological subject (or in the process of the degree). Previous laboratory experience in skin tissue handling, fluorescence and brightfield microscopy and histology (cryosectioning and paraffin wax sectioning).

The successful applicant will work as part of a multidisciplinary team who are developing new small molecule therapies aimed at dermatological diseases and will work under the day-to-day direction of Drs Robyn Hickerson and Michael Conneely, in the laboratory of Professor Irwin McLean. For an overview of this research group see

This position will be for 9-12 months at 20-40% FTE.

Duties will include:

1. Skin sample collection and preparation

2. Tissue sectioning (cryo and paraffin wax)

3. Histology (H&E, antibody staining)

4. Microscopy (brightfield, fluorescence, confocal)

5. Contributing to basic molecular biology and biochemistry core techniques to support a busy laboratory

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.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee one of the top universities in the UK. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well as a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.