University of Dundee

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit
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Closing Date: 
Friday, September 24, 2021
Grade 7 (£32,817 - £40,322)

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 Kulathu Lab at the MRC PPU, University of Dundee is looking to hire a postdoc with strong expertise in biochemistry to address exciting questions about the mechanisms and function of the essential but poorly understood posttranslational modifier UFM1. The position is available for 1 year.

Who we're looking for:

We are looking for talented, motivated individuals with a PhD (or nearing completion of your PhD) in Biochemistry, Structural biology or a related field. Candidates will be expected to have expertise in the following areas:

  • Recombinant protein expression and purification
  • In vitro reconstitution and characterization of multiprotein complexes
  • Biochemistry, enzyme kinetics
  • Ubiquitin system
  • Structural biology  

In addition, interests/experience in one or more of the following areas: ubiquitin system, protein quality control, neurodegeneration and signal transduction mechanisms regulated by posttranslational modifications, are desirable. You will have a track record of research productivity and have demonstrated an ability to work independently, enthusiasm for research and excellent communication skills. It is expected that the candidate will develop and apply a broad range of techniques to pursue the research objectives.

The position is fixed-term. Salary will be dependent on experience, but the appointment will be made on the University's Grade 7 salary scale.

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 have submitted a PhD thesis, but the initial appointment will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale until the PhD has been awarded.

Additional Information:

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.

For further information about this position please contact Yogesh Kulathu at To find out more about MRC PPU please visit

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.

The Closing Date is 24th September 2021.

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