Principal Investigator (in Genome Dynamics)

University of Dundee - Gene Regulation and Expression

The Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression, within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, consists of 12 research groups studying different aspects of genome function. Within these labs over one hundred postdoctoral and postgraduate scientists work in a collaborative environment to address different aspects of genome biology and structure. A special strength of the centre is our co-operative effort to establish and maintain state of the art technologies used for studying gene regulation. These include high-end imaging, proteomics, genomics, structural biology, cell sorting and data analysis capabilities. The School of Life Sciences was ranked as the number 1 University Biological department in REF2014 and consistently ranks within the top 10 Institutes world-wide for citations per paper (QS World University Rankings). There are over 80 different research groups within the School of Life Sciences and this provides access to expertise and facilities across a full range of subjects within molecular and cellular life sciences.

Applications are sought from researchers seeking to establish an independent research group in all areas that fall within our centre's remit of genome duplication and output. 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 personal salary support for up to three years and research costs of up to £20,000, 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. We are especially keen to recruit researchers with an interest in using stem cells as a model system to study genome function. We are also seeking structural biologists with an interest in molecular machines that act in gene regulation. 

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 6 years postdoctoral work following from their PhD. However, if a career break has been taken, this 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 brief summary of future research plans. 

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

For further information and informal enquiries please contact Sonia Rocha (; Tom Owen-Hughes ( or Vicky Cowling (

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