University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - Delivery of gene silencing therapy to the epidermis

Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery
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Closing Date: 
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322)

Summary of Job Purpose and Principal Duties:

Dr Robyn Hickerson’s laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to undertake research in collaboration with WAVE Lifesciences towards developing topical delivery methods to effectively treat genetic skin disorders with antisense oligonucleotides.

The successful applicant will be based within the Hickerson lab in the Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery within the School of Life Sciences. The laboratory has developed a novel tension-based ex vivo human skin model with which delivery technologies will be evaluated. Applicants should have a degree in a biological or chemical subject and experience in the following areas: organ/tissue culture, histology, RT-qPCR, western blot, ELISA, and confocal microscopy. Previous experience working in the areas of topical formulation, skin disease and/or nucleic acid-based therapeutics would be a distinct advantage.

Candidate requirements:

  • PhD with outstanding academic track record
  • Strong background in cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry
  • Experience with mammalian organ and tissue culture
  • Strong interest in drug discovery
  • Experience in or interest in learning advanced microscopy
  • Capable of working in a team, but able to plan and work independently
  • Strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills are essential
  • The candidate should have ambitions to become an independent researcher in academia or the pharmaceutical/biotechnology industry

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The post is available to start immediately, with funding available until 31 May 2022.

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. In this case the initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £31,866).

For informal queries about this position, please contact Robyn Hickerson at

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