Research Fellow

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £36,770 per annum
  • REF: 1880529
  • Closes: 10th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to join a team of researchers working on the role of RNA metabolism in neuronal differentiation and neurologic diseases (, under the supervision of Professor Jernej Ule. The appointee will join a group focussing on the mutations in RNA-binding proteins that lead to motor neuron disease, as part of a project funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The post holder will contribute to the project, in particular the biochemistry of protein-RNA complexes, functional genomics (iCLIP, ChIP-seq and related methods), genome editing and imaging techniques, including developing new techniques and producing relevant publications in front-line journals.

The post is available immediately and is funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust for 12 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Applicants must have a PhD in biochemistry or a related discipline (awarded or close to obtaining). Experience in biochemistry of proteinRNA complexes, molecular cloning and cell biology and imaging, RNA processing and regulation, and genome-wide studies of protein-RNA interactions is essential. Candidates must have excellent organisational skills, with the ability to work efficiently on multiple sites. Experience in computational analysis of genomic data (programming with R), experimental design, bench work and data analysis is also a requirement. Experience of neuronal cell culture and differentiation is 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) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis, including corrections. 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:

Informal inquiries should be directed to Professor Jernej Ule (email:

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

Closing Date

10 Dec 2021

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