Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Biofilm Carbohydrate Structure Determination)

University of Dundee - Molecular Microbiology

An exciting opportunity for a structural glycobiologist / analytical chemist to work in a multidisciplinary team on bacterial biofilms in one of Europe’s strongest life sciences research environments.
Bacterial biofilms have a profound significance in both in infections and in biotechnological applications.
A major award has been made by the UK science agency BBSRC (the Biotechnology and Biosciences Research Council) to a team led by Professor Nicola Stanley-Wall that has been carefully assembled to combine skills in molecular microbiology and biofilm formation rheology, optical imaging, protein self-assembly, biopolymers, mathematical modelling, and carbohydrate chemistry that will lead to a complete quantitative description of a bacterial biofilm.
The successful applicant for this specific post will work with Prof Stanley-Wall and Prof Mike Ferguson (renowned for his work in complex carbohydrate structure determination) to determine the chemical structure of the main Bacillus subtilis biofilm matrix polysaccharide components and, in collaboration with the other researchers in the consortium, place this information into an overarching model of biofilm structure, function and dynamics.
Experience in complex carbohydrate structural analysis would be an advantage but on the job training is also possible, so long as the individual has an appropriate background in glycobiology and/or in in the use of mass spectrometric and/or NMR spectroscopic analysis of biological samples.
The successful candidate will have a PhD in a related discipline.
This position is available for 3 years in the first instance.
More information about the Divisions of Molecular Microbiology (Prof Stanley-Wall) and Biological Chemistry & Drug Discovery (Prof Ferguson) and University of Dundee can be found in the following websites:

• Division of Molecular Microbiology (
• Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (
• Drug Discovery Unit (
• School of Life Sciences (
• University of Dundee (

A few facts about The School of Life Sciences at Dundee:
• The School of Life Sciences was the top-rated university biology department in the UK in the 2014 national Research Assessment Exercise.
• The School of Life Sciences has over 900 research and support staff from 59 countries and external funding in excess of £40 million per year
Dundee has twice been named ‘the best place to work in Europe’ in a poll of scientists conducted by The Scientist magazine
• The School of Life Sciences has outstanding laboratory and technological infrastructure.
Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills. It has a high-standard, but relatively low-cost, of living.
Appointment as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant 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. The initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £30,175).
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