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 recruiting an exceptional individual to join us as a postdoc within the group of Jens Januschke in the Cell & Developmental Biology Department.
Your role will be to work on asymmetric cell division of stem cells in the developing brain of the fruit fly Drosophila. You will use live cell imaging, biochemical and proteomics approaches (immunoprecipitation/mass spectrometry) to study how cell polarity is generated and how different cell fates are established. The project operates at the interphase of kinase signalling (a key strength of research in Dundee), cell polarity establishment and cytoskeleton regulation.
The imaging and proteomics facility of the School of Life Sciences are world class and you will be able to use state-of-the art high resolution confocal live cell imaging as well ova access to top notch proteomics facilities to support your research.
Suitable candidates should have a strong background in biochemistry and a background in cell and developmental biology. Previous experience in working with Drosophila is advantageous, but not essential. Experience in biochemical approaches such as IP/Mass spectrometry, western blotting, protein purification are important. A strong interest in microscopy techniques is desirable. Good interpersonal and communication skills are vital.
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).
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