University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Parasite Glycobiology

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Grade 7 (£29,099 - £35,788)

A postdoc position is available to start no later than 1st April 2012 in the group of Prof Mike Ferguson at the College of Life Sciences in Dundee, Scotland.

The aim of this position is to define the range of O-linked and phosphate-linked oligosaccharides in Trypanosome and Leishmania parasites and the biosynthetic processed that lead to their formation.

This position is suited for a candidate with a recent PhD and a strong background in trypanosomatid biochemistry and/or in glycobiology. The position is available for 18 months. The starting salary is Grade 7, point 29 (£29,099).

Dundee is a centre of excellence in life sciences research and combines quality of life with quality of science. It lies close to areas of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and island and mountain wilderness. Rainfall charts show this is one of the most sunny & dry places in the UK.

A few facts about The College of Life Sciences:

• The College of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is widely recognised as one of Europe’s most vibrant premier biomedical research institutes. Truly global in its reputation, the College of Life Sciences is home to a community of over 1,000 researchers and support staff from no fewer than 57 different countries.

• The University of Dundee ranks 1st in the UK and is one of the top 25 Universities in the world for Biological Sciences (by citations) according to the QS World University Rankings.

• Readers of The Scientist magazine voted the College of Life Sciences the best scientific institution in Europe in which to work in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

• According to independent analysis of citations per paper over the last 10 years by Thomson Reuters, Dundee is placed 1st among all European Universities in Biology & Biochemistry and 3rd in Molecular Biology and Genetics.

• The College of Life Sciences won the BBSRC "Excellence with Impact" Award for 2011:- "This department was felt by the judges to have achieved an extraordinary range of significant impacts from their research. The department's research had led to wide ranging and tangible achievements of both social and economic benefit. It had an impressive number of staff engaged in enterprise activities, and had clearly understood how to incentivise, recognise and reward staff for their impact activities."

To apply on-line please visit:  If you are unable to apply on-line please contact Human Resources on (01382) 386209 (answering machine) for an application pack. Please quote reference number LS0125.  Closing date: 20 December 2011.

The University of Dundee is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.