University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Molecular Microbiology
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Closing Date: 
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Grade 7 (£32,236 - £39,609)

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 for an exceptional individual to join us as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Biochemistry / Structural Biology) within our Division of Molecular Microbiology. The successful applicant for this post will work with Prof Stanley-Wall, in collaboration with Prof Cait MacPhee (University of Edinburgh), to identify and characterize interactions between protein components Bacillus subtilis biofilm matrix.

You will have the opportunity to work within a multidisciplinary team where the expertise spans molecular microbiology, biophysics, mathematics and high resolution imaging. You would bring to the team your expertise in structural biology and apply this to bacterial biofilms. The role is funded by a major award by the UK science agency BBSRC (the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council) and Innovate UK.

Your priorities will include:

• Bringing your expertise in structural biology to the existing team

• Characterising molecular interactions within self-assembling protein fibres

• Developing methods to probe interactions between components of the matrix

• Adapting currently used molecular genetic approaches to assess interactions within the biofilm

• Partnering with colleagues across geographically distinct sites to work on the project collaboratively

Who we’re looking for:

• PhD with outstanding academic track record and at least one first authored publication in an internationally recognised peer-reviewed journal.

• Strong background in biochemistry, structural biology and biofilm formation would be preferable.

• Experience and strong interest in molecular genetics and how microbes interact would be a benefit.

• Fluency in written and spoken English language are essential.

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.

For further information about this position please contact Prof Nicola Stanley-Wall at

More information about the Divisions of Molecular Microbiology (Prof Stanley-Wall) and University of Dundee can be found in the following websites:

• Division of Molecular Microbiology (

• School of Life Sciences (

• University of Dundee (

More information about the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Edinburgh (Prof MacPhee) can be found in the following websites:

• School of Physics and Astronomy

• University of Edinburgh

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