University of Dundee

Principal Investigators in Genome dynamics

Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression
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Closing Date: 
Friday, April 17, 2020
Grade 8 (£41,526 - £49,553)

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.

The Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression, within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, consists of 13 research groups studying different aspects of genome function from stable transmission during growth to the regulation of protein output. Current areas of expertise include chromosome segregation and genome duplication, inheritance of chromatin states and their influence on gene expression, regulation of RNA by modification and post-translational regulation of protein function. Increasingly, this involves studying how genome function is perturbed in human diseases. Within the Centre over one hundred postdoctoral and postgraduate scientists work in a collaborative environment, make use of access to facilities including advanced light microscopy, proteomics, genomics, X-ray crystallography, cryo-electron microscopy, cell sorting, human stem cell culture and data analysis. Outwith the Centre colleagues include over 80 different research groups within the School of Life Sciences and this provides access to expertise across a full range of subjects within molecular and cellular life sciences.

Applications are sought from researchers seeking to establish independent research groups in all areas of genetic regulation. Successful applicants will be provided with a starting package that includes a defined transition to tenure after 5-6 years. Typically, this package would include financial support for relocation expenses, an allocated studentship and for purchase of essential start-up equipment. We expect applicants to obtain external fellowship support but are able to offer some start-up costs, if required. New researchers are supported by a structured mentoring programme that seeks to provide both project specific advice and guidance on establishing a strategy for long term funding. Combined with access to the research facilities available in Dundee, we believe this provides a very strong platform for the establishment of independent careers.

Applicants are expected to obtain external research funding and/or fellowship support. As a result we would normally expect applicants to have completed up to 7 years postdoctoral work following from their PhD. However, any career breaks will be taken into consideration.

Applications should include a full CV and list of publications, the names and contact details of 3 academic referees, and a two page summary of future research plans.

Detailed information about support and internal funding schemes available to our Principal Investigators can be found here.

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 and informal enquiries please contact Tom Owen-Hughes ( or Vicky Cowling (

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Commitment to DORA

The School of Life Sciences has been fully committed to the principals of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) since 2013.  In assessing applicants, we consider the scientific quality of their published research papers, but do not take into account where the papers were published and do not consider journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors.

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.