Research Associate

Updated: about 8 hours ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


School of Medicine



Research Associate
UK Dementia Research Institute Cardiff
School of Medicine
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

The UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI) at Cardiff are looking to appoint a Research Associate. The position will be in the group of Prof Philip Taylor, UK DRI at Cardiff.
The post is funded by the UK DRI. The Centre in Cardiff uses human genetics to understand Alzheimer’s disease risk and functional approaches to determine the underlying disease regulating mechanisms. The successful candidate will join a well-funded team and use cell biology, single cell RNA sequencing and pathological approaches to dissect an in vivo model of Alzheimer’s disease risk. The aim of the work is to understand how a specific Alzheimer’s disease risk gene, which is primarily expressed in microglia, contributes to Alzheimer’s disease risk
Candidates should have practical experience of cell biology and knowledge of immunological or neuroscience related research. Experience in handling transcriptomic data would be advantageous.
For further information candidates should contact Prof Philip Taylor (
This post is a full time (35 hours per week), available from 1st February 2022 and is fixed term until 31st March 2023.

Salary: £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (Grade 6)

Date advert posted: Tuesday, 18 January 2022

Closing date: Friday, 4 February 2021

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at:”

Job Description

Main function
To conduct research within the field of cell biology of dementia research and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

•    To conduct research within the field of cell biology of dementia research and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
•    To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
•    To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required
•    To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
•    To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate
•    To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
•    To participate in School research activities.
•    To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects

•    To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
•    To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
•    To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
•    Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education
1.    Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
2.    An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
i.    Cell biology methods
ii.    Neuroscience or Immunology

3.    Willingness to work with in vivo models
4.    Knowledge of current status of research in particular in microglial biology and an interest in the use of informatics for complex data analysis.
5.    Proven ability to publish in high-quality journals
6.    Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies 

Communication and Team Working
7.    Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
8.    Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals

9.    Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work

Additional Information

IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria

It is the School of Medicine's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 12885BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

Job Category

Academic - Research, Medical & Dental

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