Postdoctoral Research Assistant
Closing Date 01 December 2018
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Chemical biology – diagnostic biosensor development for Parkinson’s disease
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the lab of Dr Satpal Virdee to work on the development of a high throughput biosensor platform (Pao et al. Nat Chem Biol 2016). This technology will have great potential for addressing unmet clinical needs relating to the assessment of Parkinson’s disease predisposition and patient stratification. The scope of this platform will be assessed using a number of clinical and healthy sample types, including skin fibroblasts and blood-derived cells. These studies will also provide crucial information on the poorly understood aetiology of Parkinson’s disease in the prominent sporadic patient cohort (90-95%). This exciting Michael J. Fox Foundation funded project has tangible potential for improving patient care. Applicants with experience in chemical biology biochemistry, ELISA, and cell culture are encouraged to apply. The successful applicant will benefit from working in a multidisciplinary lab with excellent career development opportunity. The MRC-PPU is equipped to the highest international standards. For further details, please consult http://www.ppu.mrc.ac.uk
- PhD, with outstanding academic track record and at least one first authored publication (or on track to publish) in an internationally recognized journal.
- Enthusiasm for multidisciplinary science
- Capable of working in a team, but able to plan and work independently.
- Excellent communication skills and knowledge of the English language
MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (PPU):
This project will be performed in the MRC Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU), based within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee. The MRC-PPU is in a beautiful location overlooking the estuary of the River Tay and embedded within the School of Life Sciences at the University of Dundee which is one of the premier Life Sciences research centres in the world.
The appointment will be made on the University of Dundee postdoctoral salary Grade 7 scale plus superannuation with initial placement depending on achievements and experience, but will be up to £35,211 (Spinal Point 32).
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 will be made as a Research Assistant on the Training Grade 7 salary scale (Spinal Point 28, £31,302).
The position is available immediately, fixed term period of 2 years with the possibility of extension.
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