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Research Fellow

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 07th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 - £44,388 per annum
  • REF: 1880873
  • Closes: 16th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

The Neurogenetics Laboratory and MRC Centre have an active team working on genetics and biomarkers, including genome, exome, long-read, oocyte expression, fibroblast and iPSC model development. We are looking for a Research Fellow to join this recognised centre of excellence for clinical research training and education in neurogenetics and neuromuscular diseases. The appointee will work on Neurogenetics – Identification and characterisation of disease genes for ataxias and neurodegenerative disorders.

Some of the duties of the role are to perform analysis of genetics and work with the team in developing biomarkers of patient samples, identify novel genes and plasma biomarkers of disease, investigate the genetic results compared with biomarker and imaging data, and to undertake sequencing genes and segregation.

The post is available immediately and is funded by a grant from Ataxia UK to June 2023 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Applicants must have a PhD, MD, MB,BS or equivalent. Experience in Neurology on a clinical basis and an understanding of genetics, biomarkers and neurological disorders are essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong problem-solving abilities, exceptional inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting, and a very high level of consideration and care for patients and research subjects are also required. Experience of clinical/translational research, muscle or metabolic disease and familiarity with cellular and molecular laboratory techniques are desirable.

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary 32,217 – 33,958 per annum including London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. If the PhD has not yet been granted, the final accepted version of the thesis must have been submitted to the degree-granting university by the start-date in post.

Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.

To apply for the vacancy, please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (email: IoN.HRAdmin@ucl.ac.uk).

Potential applicants are welcome to contact Professor Henry Houlden (email: h.houlden@ucl.ac.uk) for further information about the post.

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We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

16 Jan 2022

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Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

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