Postdoctoral Research Assistants (Two posts)

University of Dundee - Cell Signalling and Immunology

Professor Doreen Cantrell’s and Professor Paul Crocker’s laboratories are seeking postdoctoral researchers to undertake research in collaboration with one of the leading pharmaceutical companies supporting the Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT). The DSTT facilitates collaborations between the world’s major pharmaceutical companies (Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, and Merck-Serono) and leading Dundee-based researchers with a proven track record of achievement in understanding and exploiting the fundamental molecular causes of human disease in the fields of cancer, immune-regulation, neurodegeneration and hypertension resulting from disruptions in protein phosphorylation, ubiquitylation and other signalling networks.

The successful applicants will be based within the Cantrell and Crocker labs in Dundee in the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology, School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee ( The applicants will employ state of the art immunological approaches to investigate human and mouse immune cell biology and cancer.

Candidate requirements:

  • PhD with outstanding academic track record and at least one first authored publication in an internationally recognised peer-reviewed journal.
  • Strong background in Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Signal Transduction is desired.
  • Experience and strong interest in signal transduction research and how disruptions of these pathways are linked to human disease.
  • Capable of working in a team, but able to plan and work independently.
  • Excellent communication skills and knowledge of the English language are essential.
  • The candidate should have ambitions to become a successful independent researcher either in academia or the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry.

The position is available for 2 years with possibility of further 2 year extension.

The position will be on the University of Dundee Grade 7 scale points 29-31 only (£31,076 – £32,958 per annum).

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).

School of Life Sciences (SLS):

School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is the highest-rated for Biological Sciences in the UK by the main standard of University research performance REF2014 ( Comprising about 100 research groups, the highest number of citations-per-paper for biological sciences in Europe (2013 and 2014 QS World University Rankings), over £100 million of research income in 2013 and nearly 900 staff from over 60 countries worldwide, the School enjoys a reputation as one of the most dynamic international centres for molecular cell biology, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities. 'Lateral' and 'vertical' interactions within and between research groups are actively encouraged and 13% of publications in the past 5 years have been collaborations between two or more groups.

Division of Signal Transduction Therapy:

The Division of Signal Transduction Therapy (DSTT) was established in 1998. This division operates as a unique collaboration between Dundee scientists and three leading pharmaceutical companies (Boehringer Ingelheim, GlaxoSmithKline, Merck Serono).

The DSTT is widely regarded as a model for how academia should interact with industry to help accelerate the early stages of drug discovery. The DSTT model enables industrial researchers working in any of the worldwide outlets of three pharmaceutical companies to effectively work with the ~200 Dundee-based researchers that participate in the collaboration to understand the fundamentals of the molecular causes of disease that result from disruptions in protein phosphorylation and ubiquitylation networks.

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