University of Dundee

Research Technician – Bacterial Physiology and Antibiotic Resistance Mechanisms

Molecular Microbiology
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Closing Date: 
Monday, March 30, 2020
Grade 5 (£22,417 - £25,941)

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 are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Research Technician within the newly founded Bergkessel Laboratory, part of the Division of Molecular Microbiology, to assist with investigations of bacterial physiology and antibiotic resistance mechanisms in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

The work is funded by the Academy of Medical Sciences and seeks to understand how the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa experiences starvation and other stresses. The successful applicant will help with laboratory maintenance duties and under guidance will perform experiments, primarily involving construction of fluorescent reporter strains of bacteria, fluorescence microscopy, and proteomics. This post will provide the opportunity to gain experience in a range of molecular biology and microbiology techniques and to contribute to work on the important problem of increasing resistance to antimicrobial therapies.

Your priorities will include:

  • Assisting with lab maintenance jobs (placing and receiving orders, preparing stocks of common lab reagents, maintaining lab databases and records)
  • Bacterial strain construction (generating strains with fluorescent reporter proteins or deletions of genes of interest)
  • Labelling and microscopy experiments (growing bacteria, performing fluorescent labelling protocols, collecting microscopy images, and performing computational analysis of the images)
  • Maintaining accurate and up-to-date records of research activities

Who we’re looking for:

  • A degree in the life sciences (BSc or equivalent), ideally with a focus on microbiology, cell biology, or molecular biology
  • An ability to work independently to carry out defined protocols on a day-to-day basis, and together with other lab members as required
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills for maintaining written records and sharing information with other team members
  • Some experience with microscopy, image analysis, and basic molecular biology and microbiology techniques is desirable however all relevant training will be provided

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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.

For further information about this position please contact Dr Megan Bergkessel at To find out more about the Division of Molecular Microbiology and the Bergkessel Laboratory please visit .

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.