Job ID: 119333

MSc by Research: Characterization of the molecular and cellular function of the schizophrenia risk factor CUL9

Position: MSc by Research

Deadline: 30 June 2024

Contract Length: 1 year

City: Aberdeen

Country: United Kingdom

Institution: University of Aberdeen

Department: Institute of Medical Sciences


The Hollville Lab, located at the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, invites applications for a self-funded MSc Research position. The goal of the project is to investigate the function of risk factors for neurodevelopmental conditions in membrane trafficking in neurons.

The University of Aberdeen MSc by Research programme is for students interested in a research-intensive Master’s degree. It is designed specifically to enhance your skills for a PhD or research career.

The student will receive training in cutting edge biomedical techniques including exogenous gene expression, biochemical analysis (western blotting, immunoprecipitations, ubiquitination assays), immunohistochemistry, molecular biology (plasmid DNA preparations), and confocal/fluorescence microscopy. The MSc candidate will also receive training in data analysis, scientific writing, and result presentation. This position is an exceptional opportunity to acquire new technical and transferable skills to develop one’s career as a researcher or in any other non-academic endeavour.

The MSc candidate will join the Institute of Medical Sciences within the School of Medicine, Medical Sciences and Nutrition at the University of Aberdeen which provides a unique environment that fosters scientific enrichment. Both supervisors are members of the Neuroscience theme that brings together fellow students and experts in the field. The University of Aberdeen and our lab are fully committed to promoting an inclusive and supportive research culture.


Applicants to this project should hold a minimum of a 2:1 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant subject.

You can find further information about our academic requirements and MSc by Research programme structure here:

We encourage applications from all backgrounds and communities, and are committed to having a diverse, inclusive team.

Informal enquiries are encouraged, please contact Dr Emilie Hollville ( for further information.



Please note: This is a self-funded opportunity.

  • Prospective students should contact the lead supervisor (via the email address listed above) to discuss the research project and complete a proposal form prior to / or shortly after applying.
  • Formal applications can be completed online:
  • You should apply for Medical Sciences (MSc) to ensure your application is passed to the correct team.
  • Please clearly note the name of the supervisor and the project title on the application form. If this is not included, your application may not be considered for the project.
  • Candidates should have (or expect to achieve) a minimum of a 2:1 UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) at undergraduate level.
  • Your application must include: a personal statement, an up-to-date copy of your academic CV, and clear copies of your educational certificates and transcripts.
  • If you are still undertaking your undergraduate degree, it is helpful to the selection panel if you could provide documentation showing your grades to date (this can be a screenshot from an online portal).
  • Please note: Project supervisors will not respond to requests for funding assistance.
  • If you require any additional assistance in submitting your application or have any queries about the application process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at