Research Fellow (Yeast Chromosome Maintenance), Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition (IMS209R)

A Cancer Research UK-funded position is available for a Research Fellow to work on mechanisms of yeast chromosome maintenance in the laboratory of Professor Anne Donaldson & Dr Shin-ichiro Hiraga.  

School/Section: Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Division: Institute of Medical Sciences
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £33,797 - £36,914
Ref No: IMS209R
Closing Date: 13-MAY-2021


Job Description

The successful candidate will join a well-funded, dynamic research team within an interactive and growing group of laboratories sharing an interest in chromosome biology. 

The researcher appointed will investigate how yeast Rif1 ensures correct chromosome maintenance, harnessing cutting-edge genomic and single-molecule approaches to understand where and how Rif1 operates at sites of DNA replication.  Our existing results form the basis for a timely and unique opportunity to understand the role of this key regulator of fundamental genome maintenance mechanisms.  The post would particularly suit a postdoctoral researcher interested in working in a cross-disciplinary environment that uses molecular, biochemical, cellular, genomic and computational approaches to address fundamental cellular processes.  Applicants with prior experience in analysis of chromosome maintenance, DNA replication, genome stability and genomics analyses, and/or the biochemistry of nucleic acids are particularly encouraged to apply.  Our dynamic, enthusiastic and international research group is embedded within an extended network of labs sharing an interest in chromosome maintenance, offering an outstanding training opportunity for researcher career development.

We are seeking a well-motivated, enthusiastic individual with a demonstrated interest in the field of chromosome maintenance.  You should have (or be about to obtain) a PhD in Molecular Biology or a related field, or an MSc plus the appropriate level of experience demonstrating the required skills and capabilities.  Experience in one or more of the following area(s) will be an advantage: handling and analysis of genomics data and/or yeast molecular genetic methods, chromatin analysis methods (e.g. ChIP and related techniques), proteomic analysis, protein expression and purification, and functional assays for chromosome stability (e.g. DNA repair and/or replication assays). 

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale (£33,797 - £36,914 per annum) and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

As this post is externally funded by Cancer Research UK it is available for 36 months in the first instance. 

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

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Should you require a visa to undertake employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship under the requirements of the Skilled Worker visa.  At the time an offer of appointment is made, you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of qualification and competency in English. For research and academic posts, we will consider eligibility under the Global Talent visa. Please do not hesitate to contact Natalie Reid, HR Adviser (e-mail: for further information.   

This role is based in the UK and as such the successful candidate will be required to live and work in the UK.

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 13 May 2021

Informal enquiries are welcome, please contact Professor Anne Donaldson ( or

Dr Shin-ichiro Hiraga (

Please do not send application forms to Professor Donaldson or Dr Hiraga: formal applications must be made through the University of Aberdeen website.


Please quote reference number IMS209R on all correspondence

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