University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Monday, December 9, 2019
Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322)

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.

A postdoctoral position is available immediately within the group of Prof Mark C. Field at the University of Dundee. The researcher will be expected to perform studies on the composition and function of vacuolar protein targeting in the protozoan Trypanosoma brucei as part of a program of work into transport and drug sensitivity and funded by the Wellcome Trust. The ideal candidate will have interests in eukaryotic cell biology and evolution, with an emphasis on protein trafficking. Informal inquiries are welcome to Interested applicants should provide two letters of recommendation as well as relevant resume/CV and a personal statement. Appointment will be until 30th September 2022 in the first instance.

Essential qualifications:

  • A PhD in a relevant area (trafficking, parasitology)
  • Knowledge of intracellular trafficking pathways
  • Tissue culture at category two/three level
  • Molecular biology and recombinant DNA manipulation
  • Phylogenetics, comparative genomics
  • Light microscopy and immunufluorescence
  • Good written and verbal communication skills

Desirable skills:

  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently
  • Understanding of large proteomics datasets and statistics
  • Protein chemistry
  • Skills with image processing software (Omera, Photoshop)

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, £31,866).

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.

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