University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Molecular Microbiology
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, July 28, 2019
Grade 7 (£32,236 - £39,609)

A short-term post-doctoral research position is available in the Division of Molecular Microbiology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, Scotland, UK.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral position in the lab of Dr. Sarah Coulthurst to study the bacterial Type VI secretion system and how it can be used to kill or inhibit rival bacterial cells. We are interested in the mechanism and role of this important secretion system in mediating competitive interactions between bacteria, and in elucidating the mode of action of anti-bacterial toxins delivered by the system. We are seeking a highly-motivated individual ready to contribute to a multidisciplinary project studying mode of action and mechanism of secretion of diverse Type VI-dependent toxins. This position, funded by the Wellcome Trust, is available for one year, from 1st August 2019 until 28th July 2020. There may be the possibility of extension dependent on successful funding renewal.

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

The successful candidate will have (essential):

- A strong academic record; a PhD in biochemistry, structural biology, molecular microbiology or related discipline; and a record of publication in internationally-recognised, peer-reviewed scientific journals commensurate with career stage (at least one publication is expected).

- A strong background and proven expertise in protein purification, biochemistry, structural biology and/or biophysics

- A demonstrated ability to work independently and develop productive interactions with colleagues and collaborators

- Sufficient expertise and demonstrated ability to train and supervise students and colleagues in protein purification and biochemical and/or structural biology analyses

The successful candidate will also have at least one of the following (highly desirable):

- A research background in the areas of bacterial protein secretion, inter-bacterial interactions and/or host-pathogen interactions

- Strong interest in learning about bacterial protein secretion systems and inter-bacterial interactions

- Expertise in molecular biology

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, £31,302).

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.

Informal enquiries about this position may be sent to Sarah Coulthurst ( However please note that applications sent to Dr. Coulthurst directly will not be considered.

The closing date for applications is 24th July 2019 and interviews will be conducted as soon as possible after that.

Additional Information:

More information about the Division of Molecular Microbiology and University of Dundee can be found in the following websites:

• Division of Molecular Microbiology (

• School of Life Sciences (

• University of Dundee (

A few facts about The School of Life Sciences at Dundee:

• The School of Life Sciences was the top-rated university biology department in the UK in the 2014 national Research Assessment Exercise.

• The School of Life Sciences has over 900 research and support staff from 59 countries and external funding in excess of £40 million per year.

• Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine.

• The School of Life Sciences has outstanding laboratory and technological infrastructure.

Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills. It has a high-standard, but relatively low-cost, of living.

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