Postdoctoral Research Assistant: Intestinal Immune Responses to Infection

University of Dundee - MRC PPU

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the Laboratory of Dr. Mahima Swamy to study the functions of intraepithelial lymphocytes in intestinal infections. We are seeking a dynamic and motivated individual to undertake exciting and cutting-edge research aimed at understanding the functions of, and signalling pathways used by intestinal intraepithelial lymphocytes. The post is funded by the Wellcome Trust and Royal Society, through a Sir Henry Dale fellowship award to Dr. Swamy (https://www.ppu.mrc.ac.uk/research/principal-investigator/mahima-swamy).

Candidates with interests in one or more of the following areas: immunology, intestinal inflammation, intercellular communication and/or infection studies are encouraged to apply. The candidate should have a strong background and experience in immunology and research experience with in vivo models. It is expected that the candidate will be outgoing and ambitious, and utilise the resources and expertise within the unit/school to pursue the research objectives. The candidate will benefit from the cutting-edge facilities in cell biology, in vivo models, flow cytometry, imaging and proteomics available within the School of Life Sciences.

This position is available for 3 years in the first instance, starting in January 2018. Informal enquiries may be directed to mswamy@dundee.ac.uk.

MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (PPU):
This project will be performed in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU), (https://www.ppu.mrc.ac.uk/) within the School of Life Sciences (http://www.lifesci.dundee.ac.uk/) at the University of Dundee. The MRC-PPU is in a beautiful location overlooking the estuary of the River Tay and provides a multinational and dynamic work environment. The School of Life Sciences is one of the premier Life Sciences research centres in the world, with outstanding laboratory and technology facilities.

The University of Dundee is committed to the highest standards of care and welfare in work with animals. It endorses the ARRIVE guidelines on the reporting of in vivo experiments and is a signatory to the Concordat on Openness in Animal Research.

Candidate requirements:

  • PhD (or final stages of PhD) in a relevant biological subject with research experience in immunology and in vivo models.
  • Strong academic track record with at least one good quality first author publication or manuscript under review.
  • Ability to work independently and be pro-active, and capable of interacting well within a group.
  • Excellent communication skills and proficiency in English.

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, £30,688).

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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