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Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Dundee - Cellular Medicine

Location: Dundee
Salary: £32,817 to £40,322 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th November 2020
Closes: 20th December 2020
Job Ref: SMED0754

1 FTE for 18 months (extension dependent on CRUK Programme funding renewal), commencing as soon as possible.

We are looking for an ambitious postdoctoral researcher to join our team on a CRUK-funded position. The goal is to examine how kinases and phosphatases work together to control chromosome segregation and protect against cancer.

See these general reviews for further information (1-4) and check out the lab website for details of our recent publications in this area -

(1) Gelens L, Qian J, Bollen M and Saurin AT. The Importance of Kinase-Phosphatase Integration: Lessons from Mitosis. Trends in Cell Biology. 2018 Jan
(2) Gelens L and Saurin AT. Exploring the function of dynamic phosphorylation-dephosphorylation cycles. Developmental Cell. 26 March 2018
(3) Saurin AT. Kinase and Phosphatase Cross-Talk at the Kinetochore. Front Cell Dev Biol. 2018 Jun
(4) Cordeiro MH, Smith RJ, Saurin AT. A fine balancing act: A delicate kinase-phosphatase equilibrium that protects against chromosomal instability and cancer. Int J Biochem Cell Biol. 2017

The University of Dundee enjoys an international reputation for excellence that attracts top-class students and academics from across the world – with over 140 countries represented in the University community. You will be based at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals where the School of Medicine provides outstanding opportunities in medical education and training supported by world class research facilities.

Your priorities will include:

  • Examine the role that kinetochore phosphatases and kinases play in chromosome segregation.
  • Use a wide range of cell biology and biochemical approaches, including quantitative live-cell microscopy.
  • Work exclusively in mammalian cell types, which will be genetically modified using CRISPR/Cas9.

Who we’re looking for:

  • We are primarily looking for a highly motivated and ambitious Postdoctoral researcher with a passion for science. Educated to PhD level.
  • A researcher who is honest, hard-working and possesses excellent organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently, but also fits in well with the rest of the team
  • Endless questions are more important than endless skills. However, experience of working within the mitosis field and/or using relevant microscopy techniques would be advantageous

Dundee University, which is officially ranked the top university in the UK for Biological Sciences research (in REF2014) and Medicine (Complete University Guide), offers a vibrant research environment with world-leading facilities. In addition, the Medical School is an excellent translational environment that is focused on understanding and combating disease. This is evidenced by its top rating in the UK for impact in clinical medicine (REF2014).

For further information about this position please contact Adrian Saurin:

To find out more about the Division of Cellular Medicine, please visit: https: //

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.
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