University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Researcher

Cell Signalling and Immunology
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Closing Date: 
Thursday, December 9, 2021
Grade 7 (£33,309 - £40,927)

A 6 month Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available with Dr Henry McSorley within the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology at the University of Dundee, to carry out research on an MRC-funded project on modulation of IL-33 responses by parasite proteins. This is a short-term position due to extension of funding.

This position will involve working on the MRC-funded New Investigator Research Grant entitled “Modulation of IL-33-dependent responses using parasite products”. This project has led to the discovery of a new family of IL-33-suppressing proteins (“HpBARI” Vacca, 2020, eLife) and an IL-33-amplifying protein (“HpARI_CCP1/2” – Chauché, 2020, Frontiers Immunol). We are currently finishing investigations on further IL-33-modulating parasite-derived proteins and plan to submit a manuscript in 2022, once final experiments have been completed. This short-term position will allow completion of these experiments and further investigations on the effect of IL-33 in neutrophilic responses.

Experimental techniques will include parasite infections, protein-protein interaction experiments, in vitro cellular assays and immunological assays (e.g. flow cytometry, qPCR, confocal imaging).

This position is an excellent opportunity to join a dynamic research group, and help to drive an exciting and cutting-edge research programme. 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.

Essential Attributes

  • PhD in a relevant field such as Immunology, Infectious Disease, Molecular Biology or Cellular Biology
  • Experience of immunology, biochemistry or cell biology research

Desirable Skills

  • Technical expertise in flow cytometry or fluorescent imaging techniques
  • Experimental design experience and expertise
  • An ambitious and driven candidate
  • Proteomic experience
  • Protein-protein interaction assays
  • In vivo experimental design and implementation

Appointment as a Postdoctoral Researcher 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).

Additional Information:

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.

The University of Dundee is a signatory of the Researcher Development Concordat and is committed to enhancing the research environment and culture. Engagement and support of activities which assist the researcher development agenda at the University is therefore essential.

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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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