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 recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a postdoctoral research scientist within the McSorley lab, to investigate the suppression of allergic asthma by the products of parasitic helminths.
This role will involve the identification of immunomodulatory proteins from parasitic helminths such as Heligmosomoides polygyrus. Proteins will be produced in mammalian expression systems, and characterised in a range of in vitro and in vivo assays. Immunomodulatory proteins identified will be assessed for their ability to prevent the onset of allergic disease, using a range of mouse models of asthma. This role will therefore involve cutting-edge techniques to assess protein-protein interactions, pro-allergic immune responses, and pathology in mouse models of disease. This will continue a series of highly successful collaborations within the Longfonds “A World Without Asthma” consortium, with other consortium members across the UK, Europe and Australia (https://www.lumc.nl/org/parasitologie/research/awwa/Internationalepartners/). This project has already led to a series of important findings and publications, with further exciting work in preparation.
This position is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic research group, and help to drive an exciting and cutting-edge research programme within a world-class consortium. The McSorley lab is a friendly and enthusiastic set of research scientists, with expertise in parasitology, immunology and molecular biology. We are looking for a candidate who will bring new skills to the group, and will have the ambition and determination to propel this project onwards and answer the research questions which we in the group are passionate about. You will have access to Dundee’s world-class research environment, which is open, collegiate and friendly, and has excellent facilities for meeting all parts of our research agenda.
The closing date for applications is 16th June 2021. We anticipate that interviews for this appointment will take place by end of June.
- PhD in a relevant field such as Immunology, Infectious Disease, Molecular Biology or Cellular Biology
- Experience of immunology research
- Experience of molecular methods
- An ambitious and driven candidate
- Ability to work in an interdisciplinary group, and manage collaborations
- Experience and expertise in in vivo experimental design
- Proteomics and/or bioinformatics experience
- Recombinant protein expression
- Protein-protein interaction studies
- Protein engineering
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 Dr Henry McSorley at email@example.com. To find out more about the McSorley lab please visit https://www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/people/henry-mcsorley.
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.
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 16th June 2021.
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