Postdoctoral Research Assistant
University of Dundee School of Medicine
United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Assistant


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Job Title Postdoctoral Research Assistant
College/SASS School of Medicine
School/Directorate Systems Medicine
Grade Please refer to advert
Job Category Research
Closing Date 16 June 2019
Salary:  Grade 7, appointment will be made at spinal point 29 -  £32,236
Applicants who have almost completed their PhD will be appointed on the Grade 7 Training Scale: Salary £28,660-£30,395
Duration of post:  19 months
We are recruiting a biomedical scientist to join us as a Postdoctoral Research Assistant in the laboratory of Dr Colin Murdoch (Division of Systems Medicine, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee) to assess cardiovascular function in preeclampsia models and identifying the underlying molecular pathways. The post holder will conduct in vivo cardiac and vascular studies in murine model systems, as well as utilising primary cell culture, molecular and biochemical studies to decipher redox signalling events.

The Tenovus funded project involves cardiac and vascular studies for the phenotypic characterisation of redox sensitive pathways/proteins modified during pregnancy models. The laboratories are equipped with advanced scientific facilities such as telemetry (DSI), pressure-volume catheter (Transonic), iontophoresis and Laser doppler (Moor) to assess continuous blood pressure, cardiac function and endothelial dysfunction respectively. The research will incorporate biochemical and molecular approaches in order to ascertain pathways involved in redox signalling. These include cell isolation, transcriptomic and or proteomic analysis, such as identification of redox sensitive proteins by Tandem mass tag proteomic analysis. You will be joining a dynamic and growing team of PhD researchers funded by Horizon 2020 as well as undergraduate and master students working in open-plan lab space alongside other groups, all of us interested in basic science with translational potential. 

The University of Dundee enjoys an international reputation for excellence that attracts top-class students and academics from across the world. Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, one of Europe’s largest teaching hospitals where the School of Medicine provides outstanding opportunities in medical education and training supported by world class research facilities.


Your priorities will include:
  • Undertaking in vivo cardiac and vascular functional studies in murine pregnancy models
  • Investigating redox signalling using molecular and biochemical studies
  • Manage multiple strands of research work to meet deadlines
  • Day-to day supervision of PhD and Honours students within the group
  • Write up results for publication
Who we’re looking for:
  • Ph.D. in a relevant subject with a major contribution to at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Experience of research skills using in vivo model systems
  • Quantitative analytical skills including statistical analysis
  • Ideally a holder of a Personal Home Office Licence

The calibre of research at Dundee is high, with 95 per cent of staff working in areas of national or international excellence. The diversity of our staff and students makes the University of Dundee a UK university of choice for undergraduate, postgraduate and distance learning. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall and a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

For further information about this position please contact Dr Colin Murdoch at  Part time hours may also be considered, please state your preference of hours on your application. 

The closing date for applications is 16 June 2019


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