Senior Histology Manager

UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI)

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UCL, Gower Street, London, UK


  • Posted on: 16th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £44,737 - £52,764 per annum
  • REF: 1874723
  • Closes: 16th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time, Part Time

Duties and Responsibilities

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.

To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap.

UCLs strength in combining excellent clinical and basic neuroscience research to advance our understanding of neurodegeneration and identify novel targets and therapeutic approaches for dementia resulted in its selection as the hub of the UK DRI. Research at the UK DRI at UCL covers the journey from the person living with dementia to the laboratory and back again – with improved diagnosis and potential therapies put to the test. The groups believe in intervening earlier in disease in order to change the trajectory.

The Senior Histology Manager will be responsible for the technical, scientific and governance management of the UK DRI at UCL Histology Facility.

Key to the role will be working collaboratively with researchers (Group Leaders and Early Career) to support high quality research using a range of histological methods on both preclinical and post-mortem human samples. The post-holder will offer technical support (infrastructure maintenance, technical training, and experimental design) and ensure Human Tissue Act and Health and Safety compliance at the Histology Facility.

The post is available immediately and is funded by UK DRI at UCL until March 2023 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

Applicants should have a PhD in Neuroscience or related discipline and demonstrable experience of supervision and training of students and/or technicians in histological methods. Extensive experience in a range of histological methods (tissue processing, tissue embedding, sectioning), staining (manual and automated) and data acquisition (to include slide scanner) is essential, as is experience of the maintenance of histology equipment (tissue processor, embedder, microtome, cryostat, vibratome and staining equipment).

Experience of managing pipeline workflows at a histological facility including sample management and of managing health and safety compliance is also a requirement. Experience of working with human tissues for histological studies, of in situ hybridisation and/or RNAScope or BASEScope, of histological study of preclinical models of dementia causing diseases, and knowledge of neuro-anatomy are desirable.

This is a unique opportunity to work in a vibrant research environment and at the cutting edge of disease-related neuroscience within the UK DRI at UCL and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, as well as through collaboration with external laboratories and industry.

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 Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email:

For informal enquiries about the role please contact Frances Wiseman (

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We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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

Closing Date

16 Mar 2021

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