University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, February 6, 2020
Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322)

Cell signalling, mitochondria, and autophagy mechanisms in Parkinson’s disease in the laboratory of Miratul Muqit, at the University of Dundee.

Applications are invited for a Wellcome Trust funded postdoctoral position to explore the cell biological mechanisms of Parkinson’s disease. The Muqit laboratory has made fundamental advances in how two genes PINK1 and Parkin coordinate a mitochondrial quality control pathway in cells and neurons. The lab has recently developed novel antibodies that enable immunoprecipitation based interactor analysis. Potential projects include the use of CRISPR genome editing and state-of-the-art proteomics to identify new components that regulate mechanisms of cell death in Parkinson’s. These studies have the potential to transform our understanding of the molecular basis of Parkinson’s disease-linked neurodegeneration.

Members of the Muqit lab benefit from EMBO network training opportunities.

This position is available for 3 years 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 Neurobiology, Biochemistry, Membrane Biology, Molecular Biology, Signal Transduction would be


- 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

For details on the Muqit lab please visit our website:

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). 

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 ( 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.

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