Research Technician

UCL Institute of Neurology - UK Dementia Research Institute at UCL (hub)

In December 2016, it was announced that UCL had been selected as the 'hub' of the new £250m UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), to be led by Professor Bart De Strooper. The UK DRI is a joint £250m investment into dementia research led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) alongside founding charity partners Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The purpose of this position will be to work as part of a collaboration between Professor Paul Whiting (who is also Chief Scientific Officer of the ARUK Drug Discovery Institute at UCL), Professor Patricia Salinas and Dr Selina Wray, utilizing induced human pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) derived neural model systems to determine the role of the Wnt signaling pathways in health and disease. The primary role of the applicant will be the maintenance of iPSCs, and the generation and supply of iPSC derived neural cultures.  They will also have the opportunity to use molecular and imaging techniques to characterize and validate neural cell cultures.

Applicants should have a BSc in a Biological Science and experience in cell culture with mammalian cells. Knowledge of neuroscience is desirable, as is practical experience of molecular and cellular biology, primary neuronal cell culture, and maintenance and differentiation of human iPSCs.

The post is available from January 2018, and is funded by UK DRI @ UCL for three years in the first instance. Starting salary on UCL Grade 6 in the range £28,014 - £32,830 per annum including London Allowance.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment by clicking the 'apply' button below, where you can download a job description and person specification.

For further information on the post please contact Professor Paul Whiting (email:

For further information regarding the application process please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, UCL Institute of Neurology (email:

Closing date: 15 October 2017

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