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

We are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Postdoctoral Researcher within our Respiratory Research Team, to lead a Scottish Government funded study designed to identify new treatments for chronic respiratory diseases like COPD and bronchiectasis.

The project will investigate the role of neutrophil extracellular traps in chronic lung diseases like COPD and bronchiectasis. The work follows up on recently published data suggesting NETosis is involved in neutrophil dysfunction in chronic lung disease (J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2018 Jan;141(1):117-127). The project is funded by the Scottish Government and will seek to determine the mechanisms of NETosis and if these can be modified by novel therapies in-vitro.

Our group has a focus on the interactions between the immune system (particularly neutrophils) and the airway microbiome in chronic lung disease. The post will involve isolation of primary human immune cells, use of multiple modalities (including flow cytometry/ELISA/microscopy etc) to evaluate immune cell function and may involve development of in-vivo models of lung infection.

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.

The University of Dundee enjoys an international reputation for excellence that attracts top-class students and academics from across the world. You will be based at 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:

  • Lead an ambitious research project aiming to develop a novel treatment for lung disease.
  • 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 be in the final stages of completing their PhD
  • 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 would be desirable but is not essential

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 –

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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