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Postdoctoral Research Assistant (Maternity Cover)

University of Dundee - Gene Regulation and Expression

Location: Dundee
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th October 2021
Closes: 28th October 2021
Job Ref: SLSC0942

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee is a world-class academic institution with a reputation for the excellence of its research, its high quality teaching and student experience, and the strong impact of its activities outside academia. With 900 staff from over 40 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

The lab is seeking a postdoctoral applicant to study the role of phosphorylation and sumoylation during cell division. This is a fixed-term appointment for 4 months within the laboratory of Dr. Federico Pelisch. This is for Maternity cover and funded by a Medical Research Council (MRC) Career Development Award.

An important component of this research aims at understanding how the balance between SUMO E3 ligases and proteases as well as kinases and phosphatases is achieved in vivo. The project will use mainly the nematode C. elegans as a model. To tackle these issues, a wide range of techniques will be used, including proteomics, biochemical assays, genome editing, and different imaging methodologies.

Candidate Requirements:

  • PhD with outstanding academic track record.
  • Strong background in biochemistry, particularly in the purification of protein complexes.
  • Strong experience in at least one of the following is essential: i) ubiquitin/SUMO biochemistry; ii) live cell imaging or single molecule fluorescence techniques; iii) C. elegans biology.
  • Capable of working in a team, but able to plan and work independently.
  • Motivation, creativity and ability to communicate and to work with others.

Additional Information:

The University's statement on the use of animals in research can be found here:

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. Just a short walk from the V&A Museum of Design Dundee, we’re close to both the train and bus stations. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

The University of Dundee is a signatory of the Researcher Development Concordat and is committed to enhancing the research environment and culture. Engagement and support of activities which assist the researcher development agenda at the University is therefore essential.

As an internationally diverse institution, we welcome job applicants from all countries and nationalities. The School of Life Sciences is proud to employ staff from over 40 different nations.

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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