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Research Assistant in DNA Transfer and Persistence

  • University of Dundee
  • 17/05/2019
Agriculture

Job Description

Summary

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 looking for a researcher with an interest in answering some the current questions regarding the transfer and persistence 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.

We are recruiting for an exceptional individual to join us as a Research Assistant in DNA Transfer and Persistence within the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science, to address some of the current questions in forensic science regarding transfer and persistence of DNA and cellular material from and to surfaces and person to person.

This will involve using novel DNA markers and fluorescent cellular materials to track movement. Information obtained in the first phase of the project will then be applied to experimental design of case relevant experiments to be analysed by STR genotyping.

You will have a background in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or Chemistry, experience of woking in a forensic laboratory witha knowledge of DNA analysis case work would be a considreable advantage. Experience of PCR techniques, DNA purification and fluorescence microscopy would also be advantageous.

Your priorities will include:

  • Proven track record and undestanding of both qualitative and quantitative research methodology and interdisciplinary research
  • Able to think imaginatively, explore and develop novel solutions for complex problems and scenarios
  • Ability to provide actionable results for use by the wider community
  • Disseminate results and methodologies as appropriate by, for example, peer reviewed journal publications and presentation at conferences
  • Represent the centre at meetings and in public engagement activities


Who we're looking for:

  • Educated to PhD level would be an advantage or relevant professional experience would be acceptable
  • Possess knowledge of general molecular biology, biochemistry or chemistry techniques
  • Advanced problem-solving ability, with a desire to explore creative solutions
  • Experience of conducting research to high academic standards
  • Passion for science and technology
  • Possess sufficient depth of knowledge in research area to be able to work independently and as part of a research team.


For further information about this position please contact School of Science and Engineering/Dr Alexander Gray at [email protected] To find out more about the Leverhulme Research Centre for Forensic Science/School of Science and Engineering please visit www.dundee.ac.uk/leverhulme/.

The closing date for applications is 13 June 2019.

The diversity of our staff and students helps to make the University of Dundee one of the top universities in the UK. Family friendly policies, staff support networks for BME and LGBT staff, membership of Athena SWAN and Stonewall, as well a full range of disability services, create an enjoyable and inclusive place to work.