University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322)

We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with appropriate skills in molecular and cell biology to work on our project ‘Gene editing in parasites for target validation and screening’. The project is funded by The Wellcome Trust and a major goal is to understand drug targets in parasitic trypanosomatids (Trypanosoma brucei, Trypanosoma cruzi and Leishmania donovani).

The post is available full-time for 2.25 years and salary will depend on experience, but will be up to £40,322.

Main duties and responsibilities:

The person appointed will pursue a research project involving predominantly molecular genetics using Cas9-based editing approaches, but also including other molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry techniques. They will be expected to work independently, to contribute to the teaching/training of other staff/Ph.D. students, to general laboratory duties and to writing reports and preparing and writing manuscripts for publication. They will also be expected to contribute to the life of the Department and School.

The successful candidate will be principally supervised by Professor David Horn and will work closely with the Mode of Action group (see, and

for more details).

Person Specification


• A Ph.D. in a relevant subject

• Several years’ experience contributing to molecular biology projects in the laboratory

• Computer and data processing skills

• Publications in peer-reviewed journals

• Experience with cell culture

• Ability to work independently and/or as part of a team

• Good communication skills, both written and verbal


• Experience with category two/three pathogens

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, £31,866).

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