University of Dundee

Research Technician

Unit: 
Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
Job Reference: 
SLSC0888
Closing Date: 
Thursday, July 8, 2021
Salary: 
Grade 5 (£22,417 - £25,941)

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 40 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 seeking an experienced research technician for a project aimed at the development of therapeutics for human skin disease. Applicants should have a degree in a biological subject and experience in some of the following areas: RTqPCR, tissue culture, western blot, histology and fluorescence microscopy. Previous experience working in the arenas of genetic disease, skin disease and/or siRNA/antisense oligonucleotides would be a distinct advantage.



The successful applicant will work as part of a multidisciplinary team who are developing nucleic acid-based therapies aimed at dermatological indications and will work under the direction of Dr Robyn Hickerson within the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery.



This position will be for 9 months initially, with a strong possibility of extension.

Your priorities will include:

  • Use of in vitro and ex vivo assays to facilitate nucleic acid screening against cutaneous therapy targets
  • Testing of cutaneous drug delivery systems
  • Performing RNA isolation from tissue samples
  • Performing qRT-PCR
  • Performing histological techniques (e.g. tissue embedding, sectioning, staining, microscopy)
  • Lab inventory and stocking
  • Close liaison with members of the multidisciplinary team to deliver set milestones

Who we’re looking for:

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.



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.

The Closing Date is midnight on 8th July 2021.

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