University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant – Biofilm Carbohydrate Structure Determination

Molecular Microbiology
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Closing Date: 
Saturday, March 28, 2020
Grade 7 (£32,236 - £39,609)

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 60 countries worldwide the School provides a dynamic, multi-national, collegiate and diverse environment with state-of-the-art laboratory, technology and teaching facilities.

We have an exciting opportunity for a structural glycobiologist / analytical chemist to work in a multidisciplinary team on bacterial biofilms in one of Europe’s strongest life sciences research environments. The role is for up to 24 months with an immediate start date.

The successful applicant for this specific post will work with Prof Stanley-Wall and Prof Sir Mike Ferguson (renowned for his work in complex carbohydrate structure determination) to determine the chemical structure of the main Bacillus subtilis biofilm matrix polysaccharide components and, in collaboration with the other researchers in a consortium, place this information into an overarching model of biofilm structure, function and dynamics.

Priorities include:

  • Analysis of the carbohydrates found in the biofilm matrix
  • Keeping up to date on current scientific literature
  • Contributing to the overall interdisciplinary team activities
  • Summarising and synthesising data for publication
  • Helping to supervise early career researchers

Who we’re looking for:

  • A PhD in Biosciences (or other relevant subject)
  • Experience in glycobiology / carbohydrate analysis or mass spectrometry or NMR spectroscopic analysis of biological samples 
  • An ability to supervise and help others in the laboratory
  • Experience completing projects through publications

Part time working will be considered for this post.

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 would be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 25 - 28 £29,176 - £31,866).

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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.

More information about the Divisions of Molecular Microbiology (Prof Stanley-Wall) and Biological Chemistry & Drug Discovery (Prof Sir Ferguson) and University of Dundee can be found in the following websites:

• Division of Molecular Microbiology (

• Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery (

• Drug Discovery Unit (

• School of Life Sciences (

• University of Dundee (

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.