University of Dundee

Research Technician

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Grade 5 (£22,417 - £25,941)

We are recruiting for a full-time Research Technician to support the Pawlowic Lab at the University of Dundee.

The Pawlowic Lab ( is in the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery at the School of Life Sciences. We use genetic tools to study the microbe, Cryptosporidium. Cryptosporidium is a leading cause of diarrheal-related deaths and malnutrition in children globally. In collaboration with the Drug Discovery Unit, the Pawlowic lab is testing compounds for anti-cryptosporidial activity and creating new tools to enable drug discovery. You will participate in exciting research that directly impacts the clinic.

This research assistant will provide hands-on experimental support for the Pawlowic Lab. Primarily, you will manage and coordinate the in vivo work. You will assist/conduct experimental studies, keep up-to-date records, and communicate with others involved in the research project. You will have the opportunity to learn new laboratory skills from members of the Pawlowic Lab, and animal handling skills from the DDU In Vivo team.

The position is to begin as soon as possible and is available until end August 2021 in the first instance, with potential to continue.

Essential Skills:

• Experience handling rodents

• Desire to work with animals.

• Desire to acquire and hold a UK Home Office Personal Licence.

• Flexibility and willingness to work outwith normal hours when necessary.

• Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

• Detailed oriented, and good at record keeping.

• Good communication skills, both written and verbal.

• Ability to collaborate with members of several research groups within the University and other academic institutions.

Desired skills:

• Experience in animal husbandry.

• Hold a UK Home Office Personal Licence.

• Experience with Cat2 rodent work (basic handling, weighing mice, fecal collections).

• Computer skills (Microsoft Office, Google accounts, and record keeping databases such as LabTracks).

For informal enquiries about this position please contact Dr. Mattie Pawlowic (email:

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.

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