University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Unit: 
Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
Job Reference: 
SLSC0570
Closing Date: 
Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Salary: 
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.

1 Post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Dr Miratul Muqit to decipher cell signalling pathways in Parkinson’s disease funded by a Wellcome Trust Senior Fellowship

The aim of the projects will be to better understand the regulation and downstream biology of the PINK1 kinase in familial forms of Parkinson’s disease. These studies have the potential to transform our understanding of the molecular basis of Parkinson’s disease-linked neurodegeneration and the candidate’s research may ultimately be exploited to improve diagnostic and therapeutic options for patients.

The successful applicant will have access to state-of-the-art technologies in biochemistry, proteomics, genome editing, cell biology, and transgenic in vivo models to uncover new fundamental knowledge on these key molecules. The lab houses a newly refurbished suite for primary neuron culture studies and access to state-of-the-art in vivo facilities.

The laboratory is part-funded by EMBO and successful applicants will have access to EMBO sponsored opportunities for training and self-development. The MRC unit also collaborates with three major pharmaceutical companies that support the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy that provides opportunities for interaction with industry and potential exploitation of new discoveries made in the lab.

The position is available for 1 year in the first instance.

Candidate requirements:

- PhD with an outstanding track record and at least one first authored publication in an internationally recognised peer-reviewed journal.

- Strong background in any one of Cell Signalling, Neurobiology, Molecular Biology, and Biochemistry would be preferable.

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

- Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English.

For informal enquiries please contact Miratul Muqit m.muqit@dundee.ac.uk.

For details on the Muqit lab please visit our website: http://www.ppu.mrc.ac.uk/research/?pid=11.

To apply online, click here.

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). 

The Muqit lab is based in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU), one of the world’s most renowned centres for research on protein phosphorylation and ubiquitylation (http://www.ppu.mrc.ac.uk) and is an exciting and collaborative research environment, equipped to the highest international standards. The major aims of the MRC-PPU are to advance understanding of the role of protein phosphorylation and ubiquitylation in cell regulation and human disease; to facilitate the development of drugs to treat diseases caused by abnormalities in phosphorylation; and to generate reagents and improve technologies. Another key remit of the MRC-PPU is to train the next generation of scientists who will advance our understanding in this crucial area of medical research. The MRC-PPU 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.

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 a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.