Job offer available in Scotland Postdoctoral Researcher at University of Dundee

Duration of employment: 24 months

Salary: Grade 7, £32,236-£39,609

Applicants who have almost completed their PhD will be appointed on Grade 7 Training Scale: Salary £28,660-£31,302

An opportunity has arisen to join our friendly and successful respiratory research team investigating the role of cilia function in chronic lung diseases such as bronchiectasis and COPD.

Our group has a focus on the interactions between the immune system (particularly neutrophils), the airway microbiome and cilia function in chronic lung disease. The post will involve isolation and culture of human respiratory epithelial cells and use of multiple modalities (including microscopy including high speed video microscopy, immunofluorescence, ELISA, sequencing and proteomics) to evaluate cilia function in vitro to determine the mechanisms of ciliary dysfunction in patients with chronic lung disease. We are closely linked to the clinical respiratory team at Ninewells hospital and have a strong translational focus to our work. Our work is funded through the British Lung Foundation, European Respiratory Society and the Scottish Government.

The successful applicant will work in a well-funded laboratory with excellent research facilities in the Molecular & Clinical Medicine Division at the University of Dundee. There are excellent opportunities for further training, career development, publications and conference presentations. As a group we regularly attend the European Respiratory and American Thoracic society meetings amongst others.

Your priorities will include:

  • Lead an ambitious research project aiming to understand ciliary dysfunction in bronchiectasis.
  • Carry out laboratory-based research to a high standard.
  • Work under the supervision of the principle investigator but assume responsibility for all aspects of the project.
  • Contribute to group meetings, providing information and data to members of the Group.

Who we’re looking for:

  • PhD in a biological subject, or equivalent relevant experience
  • Minimal requirement of a contribution to at least one paper in a peer reviewed journal
  • Hard working and able to work within a team
  • Ability to collaborate with members of other research groups within the University and other academic institutions.
  • Ability to work to deadlines and to meet milestone targets, with detailed attention to time management and multi-tasking.
  • Experience in respiratory research or cilia research is desirable

The calibre of research at Dundee is high, with 95 per cent of staff working in areas of national or international excellence. Dundee benefits from a developed network of inter-disciplinary researchers collaborating across various Schools across our community.

For further information about this position please contact Professor James Chalmers – or Dr Amelia Shoemark-

The closing date for applications is: 15 April 2019

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 support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewell as well as a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.


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