Job Opportunity: Research Assistant in DNA Transfer and Persistence

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Fixed Term 2 years

The School of Science and Engineering has an international reputation for excellent teaching and topical research, particularly in addressing global challenges in energy, the environment, health care, technology, forensic science and infrastructure.

The Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science is a 10 year £10 Million project with the remit to disrupt positively the current forensic science ecosystem. We are seeking and exceptionally talented researcher with an interest in answering some of the current questions regarding the transfer and persisitence of DNA in the field of forensic science. As a key appointment in the £10m Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science you will help to reinforce the scientific validity of evidence in the courtroom.

You will have a background in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry, experience of woking in a forensic laboratory or research experience within forensic biology with a knowledge of DNA analysis case work would be a considreable advantage. Experience of PCR techniques, DNA purification and fluorescence microscopy would also be advantageous along with being able to think imaginatively and explore/develop novel solutions for complex problems and scenarios.

Your priorities will include:

  • Ability to provide robust scientific results for use by the wider community
  • An ability to communicate scientific knowledge and data effectively to non-expert audiences
  • Work with a wide variety of end users and stakeholders to promote the research agenda
  • Work within a set of defined research objectives addressing specific research questions
  • Contribute collaboratively to research projects as part of the research team

Who we’re looking for:

  • Educated to MSc level with relevant research or professional experience
  • Possess knowledge of general molecular biology, biochemistry or chemistry techniques
  • Experience of conducting reproducible and robust scientific research
  • Experience of working within an inter-disciplinary team
  • Experience of general PCR and qPCR techniques

We are one of the UK’s leading universities – internationally recognised for our expertise across a range of disciplines and research breakthroughs in multiple areas, including science, medicine and engineering, amongst many others. Conveniently located on the banks of River Tay, our main city-centre campus is at the heart of Dundee - an up-and-coming, friendly, compact and affordable city with a rich heritage in design and technology. We also have campuses at Ninewells Hospital and in Kirkcaldy which are easily accessible via local transport links.

For further information about this position please contact School of Science and Engineering/Dr Alexander Gray at To find out more about the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science/School of Science and Engineering please visit

Closing Date: 12 February 2020

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 networks for BME, Disabled and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN, the ECU Race Equality Charter and Stonewall as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.

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