Research Assistant

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £32,217 per annum
  • REF: 1879912
  • Closes: 29th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant to join the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, including the Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy. One of the main objectives of our research group is to improve the outcomes of epilepsy surgery. As novel surgical techniques such as gene therapy evolve, we aim to improve the sensitivity and specificity of neural plasticity at intervals after such interventions. The post holder will work between 33 Queen Square and the Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy where our main imaging facilities lie.

The post holder’s primary role will be to drive recruitment among people with focal epilepsy in order to undertake and analyse structural and memory functional imaging scans, and collect and analyse neuropsychological and behavioural data. The work is likely to involve development of new technologies to study memory functional imaging and diffusion imaging applied to novel techniques such as gene therapy in epilepsy.

The post holder will take responsibility for high quality data management, and will be involved in preparing papers for publication and in representing their work at scientific meetings and to lay audiences. It is expected they will enrol for and complete a PhD based on their work. An honorary contract will be sought from UCLH NHS Foundation Trust, for which a DBS check will be required.

The post is available immediately and is funded by grants from the NIHR and UCLH BRC for the period to 30 September 2022 in the first instance, with possibility of extension.

Key Requirements

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in Neuroscience, Psychology or a related discipline.

Knowledge of, and exposure to memory functional imaging and psychological/neuroscientific experimental methods are essential, as are evidence of interest in structural and functional connectomics in epilepsy, IT proficiency at advanced user level, excellent oral and written communication skills and statistical and programming skills, and strong problem solving abilities.

A strong interest in clinical aspects of epilepsy and in pursuing an aligned PhD while in post, and a very high level of consideration and care for patients and research subjects are also required.

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 Miss E Bertram, HR Manager, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (email:

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

Closing Date

29 Nov 2021

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