University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Cell and Developmental Biology
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Closing Date: 
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Grade 8 (£40,792 - £48,677)

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 fellow within the laboratory of Professor J. Kim Dale in the Division of Cell and Developmental Biology, within the School of Life Sciences, at the University of Dundee (Scotland, UK). The aim of the project will be to use CRISPR cas9 technology in ES cells and in Transgenic in vivo models to determine how CDK regulation of the Notch signalling pathway impinges on  vertebrate embryonic development. The project will be run in close collaboration with the internationally renowned MRC Protein Phosphorylation Unit within the School.

Candidate Essential Requirements:

We are seeking experienced, motivated, independent, productive, self-motivated, and enthusiastic candidates. Strongest consideration will be given to applicants who have completed a PhD in developmental and/or molecular biology.

• PhD, with outstanding academic track record and at least one first authored publication (or on track to publish) in an internationally recognized journal.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• Demonstrated track record and expertise in in vivo model embryo manipulation and dissection, embryo electroporation, vertebrate embryonic explant in vitro culture, ES cell culture, ES cell transfection, ES differentiation assays, basic molecular biology (cloning, PCR, minipreps, in situ hybridisation probes)  and gene expression analysis.

• Ability to develop and implement new experimental approaches

• Excellent problem solving and creative thinking abilities

• Strong interpersonal and leadership skills

• The ability to work in teams, and to work to timelines and deliver milestones.

• Self-motivated, able to work independently with minimal direction/oversight.

• Preference will be given to candidates with a background in Notch signalling pathway, and/or ES cell culture and manipulation, embryogenesis and/or in vitro culture and manipulation of tissue explants.

The PI carries significant leadership roles. This postdoctoral post holder will hold responsibility as the senior member of the group, below the PI. The job role would include being the daily supervisor for the Undergraduate Honours and MSci students and the PhD students, in addition to driving their own project. 

This position is available immediately until 31 July 2021 with the possibility of extension. The appointment will be made on the University of Dundee postdoctoral salary Grade 8 scale plus superannuation with initial placement depending on achievements and experience.

Applications should include a CV and a cover letter describing your research accomplishments and why you are interested in joining this lab.

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