Thursday, June 30, 2011

Edinburgh: Roslin Institute Postdoctoral Research Fellowship


The University of Edinburgh has been instrumental in shaping history for over 400 years. An exciting, vibrant, research led academic community we offer opportunities to work with leading international academics whose visions are shaping tomorrow's world. Our 22 Schools, spread across 3 Colleges, offer over 350 undergraduate and 160 postgraduate courses to more than 20,000 students each year.

As a member of staff, you will not only be part of one the World's top 20 Universities, but also part of one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 10,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

Job Description

The postdoctoral scientist will develop a novel research programme, as outlined in a recently awarded BBSRC LINK grant, to develop a novel approach to production of bioactive molecules for veterinary use. This is based on the production of recombinant proteins in the eggs of transgenic hens, as exemplified by Lillico et al (2007) PNAS 104, 1771. The successful applicant will carry out high quality original research, using a solid knowledge of molecular and protein biology. The applicant will present the results of the research in refereed publications, presentations and international conferences and will develop close links with key personnel at the industrial partner.

Person Specification


A PhD with experience in modern molecular biology techniques, including at least some of the following techniques: gene cloning, gene expression analysis, cell biology, cell culture and protein purification and analysis. Highly motivated and ready to drive a project, in consultation with grant PIs and industrial partner. Good person skills and willingness to collaborate. The ability to collaborate effectively with a number of different people, and to coordinate a complex project is key. Effective communication of research to colleagues and the public is also important.


Experience of preparation of lentiviral vectors and purification of recombinant proteins would be valuable.


The role is grade [insert grade] and attracts an annual salary of £ to £ [insert salary range] for [insert hours] hours, [part time], [delete if not applicable.] each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.


Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English.

Application Procedure

We encourage all applicants to apply online at The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV.

Alternatively, call our recruitment line on 0131 650 2511 or email for an application pack. Please complete and return the Application form, including a statement addressing how your application meets the Person Specification, Additional Personal Information Form and Rehabilitation of Offenders Form to Jane Anderson, HR Assistant, the Roslin Institute, Easter Bush, Midlothian, EH25 9RG by 25 July 2011. Please complete the equality & Diversity Monitoring Form and return in the separate prepaid envelope. We cannot guarantee to consider late applications.

Please quote reference no: 3014491

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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