URGENT!!!!! Application deadline is 4th November, Post doc in the laboratory of Dr Judith Sleeman at the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC), University of St Andrews

We have a position open for a postdoc in my lab at the Biomedical Sciences Research Complex (BSRC), University of St Andrews, to study the involvement of the paraspeckle nuclear domain in Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1. Application deadline is 4th November and full details can be found here:


The Sleeman lab is interested in how defects in RNA metabolism and cellular structure are associated with inherited human neuromuscular diseases including Myotonic Dystrophy Type 1 (DM1) and Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA). The significance of accurate regulation of RNA production, processing and function is clear from the increasing number of diseases in which defects in RNA metabolism are implicated. We are primarily interested in the physical organisation of RNA processing within mammalian cells, and use techniques including fixed and live-cell microscopy, advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques, electron microscopy and proteomics to address our research questions (Clelland et al, 2012; Coleman et al 2014; Prescott et al 2014; Thompson et al, 2018).

The post will be for 15 months. Flexible and part-time working can be considered. The project is funded by Muscular Dystrophy UK and is a collaboration with Dr Archa Fox, Perth, Australia. Candidates must hold a PhD in Biological Sciences (or equivalent). A strong background in cell biology is essential. We especially welcome applications from candidates with a keen interest and experience proteomics. Knowledge of mammalian RNA metabolism and experience in microscopy and image analysis are desirable.

We offer an exciting and stimulating work environment with local and international scientific collaborations. The BSRC conducts world-class multidisciplinary research spanning Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Medicine. It houses world-class mass spectrometry and microscopy facilities, as well as expertise in advanced optical techniques and single-molecule visualization. The position will be based in brand new laboratory space on the North Haugh site.

Besides a great research environment, St Andrews provides a beautiful place to live, with the sea on the doorstep and Edinburgh and the Highlands only about 1.5 hours’ drive away. Caring costs up to £200 associated with interviews will be covered by the School if appropriate.

More information on the lab can be found at: http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/sleeman/ 

Informal enquiries are very strongly encouraged and can be made to Dr Judith Sleeman (e-mail: jes14@st-andrews.ac.uk)


Judith Sleeman PhD FRSB
Senior Lecturer in Developmental Cell Biology
BSRC Complex
School of Biology
University of St Andrews

+44 (0)1334 463524