Principal Investigator

University of Dundee - Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery

Closing date - Wednesday 11th January 2018.

Applications are invited for a Principal Investigator in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee, in the area of bacterial microbiology. Applicants with interests in drug discovery to tackle Gram negative and drug-resistant infections are specifically encouraged. Such interests might include, for example, the development of novel target-based and cell-based screening assays, drug mode of action studies, bacterial cell signalling and/or host-pathogen interactions.

The appointment will be a joint appointment between the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery and the Division of Molecular Microbiology. There are opportunities for interaction with research groups in both divisions and the Drug Discovery Unit. The Drug Discovery Unit has extensive compound libraries and advanced capabilities in high-throughput screening, medicinal & computational chemistry and drug metabolism & pharmacokinetics. There are many other excellent facilities in the School of Life Sciences, including proteomics, microscopy, FACS, protein production and structural biology. In addition, there are opportunities for interactions across the whole School of Life Sciences, which includes the Division of Cell Signalling and Immunology and the Division of Computational Biology.

The appointment can be made at any level, from Lecturer through to Chair. We welcome applications from candidates who have established an independent research group, have been successful in obtaining research funding and have a strong publication track record. Applicants will be expected to be competitive for personal fellowships and/or programme level grant support.

Additional Information:

More information about the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery and University of Dundee can be found in the following websites:

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

Further information can be obtained from Prof Ian Gilbert,

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 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.

Dundee, set on the east coast of Scotland, lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty, including large sandy beaches and challenging hills.

Your application 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.

Salary Scales:

Lecturer: Grade 8 (£39,324 - £46,924)
Senior Lecturer: Grade 9 (£49,772 - £55,998)
Professor: Grade 10 (£57,674 minimum)

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment.

We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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