Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Dundee - Cancer Research

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties

Job Title and Reporting: CRUK-funded Postdoctoral Research Assistant (1.0 FTE)

Day to Day Reporting to: Dr Adrian Saurin
Reporting Line Manager: Dr Adrian Saurin
Staff Supervision: Expected to work alongside research technician, MRes and PhD students and other postdoctoral researchers.
Duration of employment: 3 years (with 1 year probationary period).


This project is to investigate whether kinase-phosphatase cooperativity underlies other key features of the checkpoint. In particular, whether it allows rapid cycles of phosphorylation-dephosphorylation to properly amplify the response. Such cycles occur in other signalling contexts (following receptor tyrosine kinase activation, for example (3)), they use up lots of extra energy, and yet hardly anything is known about why they occur (4). This project will therefore use a well-characterised signalling network to probe a fundamental signalling phenomenon that could have widespread importance.

Principal Duties

  • To carry out high quality lab-based research, working independently but contributing to the work and well- being of the group.
  • Work under the guidance of Dr Adrian Saurin but assume responsibility for leading and driving the project forward.
  • Undertake a variety of cell biology and molecular biology techniques, including high-resolution live and fixed cell microscopy to perform a variety of single cell assays.
  • Continually update knowledge by frequent reading of the literature to keep pace with technical developments and progress on the field.
  • Use initiative and creativity to problem solve difficulties, learn new techniques and identify new research areas.

Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications

Knowledge and Experience

  • Minimal requirement of a major contribution to at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal.
  • Demonstrable record of publication in good quality journals is highly desirable.
  • Scientific background in cell biology and/or cancer biology is essential, and experience of working in the mitosis field would be highly desirable.
  • Experience of basic cell and molecular biology techniques is essential, and experience in live and fixed cell microscopy would be advantageous.
  • Experience of independently running a project that has demonstrated creativity and initiative.


  • PhD in relevant scientific area

Other Person Specifications

  • We a primarily looking for a highly-motivated and ambitious Postdoctoral researcher with a passion for science.
  • Honest, hard-working and possess excellent organisational skills.
  • Ability to work independently, but also fit in well with the rest of the team.
  • Flexibility and willingness to work outwith normal hours as and when required are essential.

College / School / Directorate 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 has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award ( 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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