Research Fellow

Updated: 19 days ago
Location: London, ENGLAND
Deadline: 01 Oct 2020

UCL Department / Division
Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences
Location of position
Full Time
(inclusive of London allowance)
£35,965 to £43,470 per annum
Duties and Responsibilities
Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to join the Department of Clinical and Movement Neuroscience as part of a study investigating DNA methylation changes across neurodegenerative diseases using cutting-edge methods (e.g. Illumina EPIC arrays). Downstream consequences in pathways that are found to be dysregulated will also be investigated by analysing RNA and protein expression (e.g. by RNAseq, RNAscope, qPCR, immunoblotting and double labelling immunohistochemistry). This project will also use bioinformatics integrative approaches to analyse the data.
 The successful candidate will be self-directed with excellent research skills, capable of working collaboratively in a team of researchers, while maintaining independent thinking and initiative. The post holder will be a post-doctoral scientist with a broad scientific background and insight into the biology of neurodegeneration. The post-holder will run appropriate experiments, appraise scientific information and data, perform data analysis and drafting of scientific manuscripts, abstracts, posters and oral presentations for national and international meetings.  This will require an ability to critically interpret data and synthesize complex ideas and express these aspects clearly in written and oral form. 
The post is available from 1 January 2021 and is funded by the MSA Trust for two years in the first instance. 
Key Requirements
Applicants should have a PhD in Neuroscience or a relevant discipline and laboratory experience including nucleic acid extractions, PCR, qPCR, Western blotting, and other molecular and biochemical techniques. Experience in performing and analyzing immunohistochemistry and of bioinformatics/statistical analysis is essential, as is general laboratory competence. A good track record of publication in international journals, experience in the field of epigenetics and experience of working with human tissue 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 £31,479 - £33,194 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.
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. 
For more information regarding the post please contact Dr Conceicao Bettencourt –, 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:
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Closing Date
1 Oct 2020
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