University of Dundee

Graduate Research Experience Placements

Life Sciences Office
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Closing Date: 
Friday, October 8, 2021
National living wage (currently £8.91 per hour)

We are delighted to announce that are seeking to appoint a number of recent graduates (graduating in 2020 or 2021) for our research experience placement programme. We recognise that Biomedical and Life Sciences Graduates in 2020 and 2021 will have had their research experiences, in particularly wet-lab experiences, curtailed due to social distancing measures and other restrictions.

We would like to provide promising recent graduates from under-represented groups, and those most impacted by the pandemic, with research experience to enhance your skills base to best position you to apply for a PhD or other science related position.

A number of different placements opportunities within some of our core technical/service facilities and teaching unit, of varying lengths are available:

  • 2 placements in the D’Arcy Thompson Unit – both 3 months
  • 1 placement in the Flow Cytometry Facility – 6 months
  • 1 placement in the Fingerprints Proteomics Unit – 4 months
  • 1 placement in the Dundee Imaging Facility (DIF) – 4 months
  • 1 placement in MRC Reagents and Services – 6 months

Details for each of these placements are described in the Placement Descriptors available on the Human Resources website.

All appointed candidates will be paid a salary at the national living wage (currently £8.91 per hour) working 36.25 hours per week. All placements are expected to start around 5th January 2022.

To be eligible to apply for these positions you must:

  • Have the right to live and work in the UK
  • Have graduated from an undergraduate honours degree (Biological, Biomedical or related STEM programme) in 2020 or 2021.
  • Demonstrate a desire to undertake a PhD or pursue career in a science related position. 

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.

As an internationally diverse institution, we welcome job applicants from all countries and nationalities. The School of Life Sciences is proud to employ staff from over 40 different nations.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

To apply for these opportunities, please complete an online application form, found here: