Molecular/Cellular Parasitologist in University of Dundee Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom

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School of Life Sciences, Division of Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery Full-time/ Open-ended contract Grade 7 (£34,308- £42,155)

We are seeking to appoint two highly motivated postdoctoral researchers with appropriate skills in molecular and cell biology to join our Mechanism of Action (MoA) group. The MoA group is embedded within the Wellcome Centre for Anti-Infectives Research (WCAIR) ( at the University of Dundee. The vision for the WCAIR is to tackle the urgent unmet medical need and lack of drug discovery research for Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) and malaria.

Main Dutiesesponsibilities

You will benefit from being a member of the Mode of Action group, at the forefront of developing molecular and cell biology tools to support drug target deconvolution for parasites that cause NTDs. You will be trained in the methodologies that we currently use for target deconvolution, and you will have the opportunity to develop new strategies and approaches to support our mode of action studies. You will gain skills in genetic manipulation of kinetoplastid and apicomplexan parasites and use these skills to inform drug discovery. You will engage with project partners and contribute to exciting work to advance the development of therapeutics for NTDs and malaria. As part of WCAIR you will interact with people working a whole range of scientific disciplines and advanced technologies including mass spectrometry, cell and biochemical assay development, high-throughput screening, medicinal chemistry, in vivo models, and Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics.

Essential Skills

  • A Ph.D. in a relevant subject, such as parasitology, microbiology, or molecular biology.
  • Extensive molecular biology experience.
  • Experience culturing category 2 pathogens.
  • Computer and data processing/management skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and/or as part of a team.
  • Good communication skills – written/verbal.
  • Track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Highly Desirable Skills

  • Experience in mode of action studies or drug discovery
  • Experience in the culture and genetic manipulation of kinetoplastid or apicomplexan pathogens
  • Experience with analysis of “omics” datasets including proteomics, RNASeq, or whole-genome sequencing.

The position is full-time on an open ended contract with funds initially in place until the end 2024. The Biological Chemistry and Drug Discovery Division and Drug Discovery Unit operate on an external funding basis. The Principal Investigators within these units are highly successful in securing external funding for their multi-disciplinary and highly collaborative research and activities. For more information please contact: Susan Wyllie () and visit our website ( Applications should be submitted to the Dundee jobs portal ( ).

Commitment to DORA and ED&I

The School of Life Sciences has been fully committed to the principals of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) since 2013. In assessing applicants, we consider the scientific quality of their published research papers, but do not take into account where the papers were published and do not consider journal-based metrics, such as Journal Impact Factors.

Company: University of Dundee

Vacancy Type: Full Time 

Job Location: Angus, Scotland, United Kingdom

Application Deadline: N/A

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