Molecular / Cellular Biologist

University of Dundee - Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated researcher with appropriate skills in molecular and cell biology to join our Mechanism of Action (MOA) group. The MOA group forms part of the multidisciplinary Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (BCDD) ( within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee.

The division occupies modern laboratories with state of the art facilities. The division includes both research in fundamental biology and translational research, as exemplified by the Drug Discovery Unit ( A key area of research for BCDD is the Kinetoplastid parasites, organisms which cause a variety of severe diseases in humans and animals.

The MOA group is tasked with investigating mechanisms of action of drugs and compounds in Kinetoplastid parasites. This group works with existing research groups within BCDD, developing and employing cutting edge molecular biology, cell biology and biochemical tools to define drug mechanisms in Trypanosoma brucei, Leishmania spp. and T. cruzi. This position represents a rare opportunity to play a significant role in the development of effective drugs for the treatment of neglected tropical diseases.

Personal specification:


  • A Ph.D. in a relevant subject, such as molecular biology or biochemistry.
  • Extensive experience in molecular biology.
  • Experience in cell culture.
  • Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team.
  • Good communication skills – written/verbal.
  • Track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Computer and data processing/management skills.


  • Experience of culturing category 2 pathogens (preferred but not essential).
  • Experience in imaging using microscopy.
  • Experience in proteomics.
  • Experience in bioinformatics.

This position is available until 31 December 2019.

For more information please contact: Susan Wyllie ( and visit the MOA website (

A few facts about The School of Life Sciences at Dundee:

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 been consistently rated ‘5-star’ (the highest rating) by the UK national Research Assessment Exercise.

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

Additional Information

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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