University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Scientist in Kinase Biology

Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, May 23, 2021
Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322)

The Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC PPU, is a major research facility embedded within the college of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. Our research is aimed at understanding how protein phosphorylation and ubiquitylation regulates biological processes and how disruptions of pathways controlled by phosphorylation and/or ubiquitylation cause major human diseases.

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral researcher who will be based in the group of Dario Alessi FRS, to study the role of the WNK protein kinases in regulation ion homeostasis. This work aims to build upon some ground-breaking recent as yet unpublished work, that has uncovered a new signalling pathway controlled by the WNK kinases. We aim to better understand the downstream biology controlled by this novel pathway.

The position is fixed term for 36 months.  Salary will depend on experience, but the appointment will be made on the University's Grade 7 salary scale. 

Appointment on the Grade 7 salary scale is dependent upon you having been awarded a PhD. An appointment may be considered if you are shortly expected to be awarded a PhD. In this case the initial appointment would be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 25 - 28 £29,176 - £31,866). 

For informal enquiries please contact Dario Alessi (

Candidate Requirements:

  • PhD with a good academic track record.
  • Interest in signal transduction research and how disruptions of these pathways are linked to human disease.
  • Excellent communication skills and knowledge of the English language are essential.

MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (PPU) and School of Life Sciences

The MRC PPU is based within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is one of the highest-rated for Biological Sciences in the UK. The School employs around 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide, and enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology. We possess outstanding laboratory and technology facilities. 'Lateral' and 'vertical' interactions within and between internal and external basic, clinical and pharmaceutical research groups and are actively encouraged.

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.

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