Senior Lecturer (Microglial biology and dementia)

Cardiff University - College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

Cardiff University seeks to appoint two outstanding researchers to further strengthen its world-leading research on dementias. We are looking for rising stars (within ten years of obtaining their PhD), on a clear trajectory to the top. We will provide an unrivalled research environment and research support to enable the appointees to establish their research group at Cardiff University.

Dementia researchers in Cardiff University have made large contributions to the field through genetic discovery, cell biology, brain imaging and clinical studies. We have identified two areas where additional research capacity would accelerate further discovery and wish to make appointments to these areas. The appointee to this post will be an expert in microglial biology with a desire to understand how these innate immune cells contribute to disease in the earliest stages of dementia. The other appointee will be an expert in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) technology and genome editing, likely with experience in neurodegenerative disease modelling.  They will be committed to using iPSC technology to understand how dementia genetics influence cell function and cell-cell interaction in the brain.

The posts will be appointed at Senior Lecturer level, and be research-focused for the first three years of the position. Each Rising Star will additionally be able to appoint a two-year postdoctoral scientist, and will be provided with research support to catalyse their research via their host School. Appointees will be mentored to help them source further funding to develop their teams, including applications to the Welsh Government Ser Cymru II Rising Stars scheme where appropriate (

The posts are full time, open-ended and available immediately, with interviews planned for early November. Further details about our dementia research is available on the Cardiff University website (, and further information about the jobs can be found here.  Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Kim Graham, College Dean of Research (, Professor Paul Morgan, Director, Systems Immunity Research Institute ( or Professor Nicholas Allen (  

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity. Our inclusive environment welcomes applications from talented people from diverse backgrounds.

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