University of Dundee

Senior Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Dundee

Dundee, Scotland, United Kingdom

Senior Postdoctoral Research Assistant

We are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Senior Postdoctoral Research Assistant within the research group directed by Professor John Hayes (and in collaboration with Professor Albena Dinkova-Kostova, Dr Colin Henderson, Professor John Dillon and Professor Simon Arthur) in the Division of Cellular Medicine, Jacqui Wood Cancer Centre, School of Medicine at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. The main focus of the research is to study how activation of transcription factor NRF2 causes amelioration of liver cirrhosis, with a focus on its effects on the trans-differentiation of hepatic stellate cells and the polarity of macrophages in the fibrotic liver.

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to work on an MRC-funded 4-year project grant on the impact of NRF2 on liver fibrogenesis and the resolution of fibrogenesis. This project will utilise both transgenic models and also human clinical material, to investigate how manipulation of NRF2 alters the development and the resolution of liver cirrhosis. Applicants should have a PhD, with a background in biochemistry, immunology, cell biology or toxicology. Applicants should be capable of working as part of a team but must also demonstrate initiative to drive the project forward and that they have highly relevant experience.

Your priorities will include:
• Carry out laboratory-based research to the highest standard, working independently but contributing to the work and well-being of the group.
• Work under the broad guidance of Professor John Hayes, but will assume responsibility for driving the project on a day-to-day basis.
• Contribute intellectually and strategically to the development of the project.
• Contribute to group and divisional meetings, present information and data to members of the group and the division and participate in discussions.
• Coordinate and communicate with the project grant co-applicants and named collaborators and other teams involved in the research: namely, Professor Albena Dinkova-Kostova, Dr Colin Henderson, Professor Simon Arthur, Professor John Dillon, Professor Neil Henderson, Dr Tim Kendall and Professor Stuart Forbes.

Who we’re looking for:
• PhD Qualification in either: biochemistry, immunology, cell biology or toxicology.
• Demonstration of initiative and ability to conceive, design and execute appropriate well-controlled experiments.
• Proven experience of writing original scientific papers and reviews.
• Scientific background (in-depth specialist skills at both technical and intellectual levels) in the research area.
• Must have a well-developed ability to analyse and interpret research data and draw conclusions from the outcomes.
• Ability to write clearly and concisely.

For informal enquiries, applicants should in the first instance contact Prof John Hayes on 01382 383182 or

Closing date: 29 March 2020

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The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and
childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; prayer rooms facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

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