Research Fellow - AR1384HM

University of St Andrews - Biomedical Sciences Research Complex

Start Date: As soon as possible

Fixed Term for: 15 Months

A position for a postdoctoral scientist is available in the laboratory of Dr Judith Sleeman at the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC), University of St Andrews, to study the involvement of the paraspeckle nuclear domain in Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1.

The Sleeman lab is interested in how defects in RNA metabolism and cellular structure are associated with inherited human neuromuscular diseases including Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The significance of accurate regulation of RNA production, processing and function is clear from the increasing number of diseases in which defects in RNA metabolism are implicated. We are primarily interested in the physical organisation of RNA processing within mammalian cells, and use techniques including fixed and live-cell microscopy, advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques, electron microscopy and proteomics to address our research questions (Clelland et al, 2012; Coleman et al 2014; Prescott et al 2014).

The post will be for 15 months in the first instance with likely extension for a further 12 months. The project is funded by Muscular Dystrophy UK and is a collaboration with Dr Archa Fox, Perth, Australia. Candidates must hold a PhD in Biological Sciences (or equivalent). A strong background in cell biology is essential. We especially welcome applications from candidates with a keen interest and experience in microscopy and image analysis or proteomics. Knowledge of RNA metabolism and experience working with RNA are desirable.

We offer an exciting and stimulating work environment with local and international scientific collaborations. The BSRC conducts world-class multidisciplinary research spanning Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Medicine. It houses world-class mass spectrometry and microscopy facilities, as well as expertise in advanced optical techniques and single-molecule visualization.

Besides a great research environment, St Andrews provides a beautiful place to live, with the sea on the doorstep and Edinburgh and the Highlands only about 1.5 hours’ drive away.

More information on the lab can be found at:

Informal enquiries are encouraged and can be made to Dr Judith Sleeman (e-mail:

The University of St Andrews is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all, which is further demonstrated through its working on the Gender and Race Equality Charters and being awarded the Athena SWAN award for women in science, HR Excellence in Research Award and the LGBT Charter;

In 2018 the University will establish purpose built office accommodation at Guardbridge, by St Andrews, to provide a state of the art working environment for a number of our Professional Services Units. It is anticipated that up to 350 Professional Services staff from a range of Units will be based in the new development at Guardbridge.

This post will not be primarily based at Guardbridge.

We encourage applicants to apply online at, however if you are unable to do this, please call +44 (0)1334 462571 for an application pack.

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC013532).

Closing Date: 11 November 2017

Interview Date: 27 November 2017

Please quote ref: AR1834HM

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