Marie Curie Trainee

UCL Institute of Neurology - UCL Institute of Neurology, Department of Neurodegenerative Disease

Applications are invited for a Marie Curie Trainee in the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease/Division of Neuropathology, under the supervision of Professor Sebastian Brandner.

The purpose of the post is to undertake research in the field of brain tumour biology. The research will combine genomic and epigenomic profiling, in vivo manipulation of stem cells with the broader aim of discovering genes and pathways related to neoplastic transformation and formation of brain tumours. This will be complemented by CRISPR/Cas9 mediated gene transfer into in vivo models for brain tumours.   The appointee will also need to register for a PhD course at UCL over the three years of their employment, with the expectation that they will gain this qualification around the time the project ends.

Applicants must have an Honours degree (minimum 2:1) or equivalent EU/overseas degree in a biology/neuroscience subject; an MSc or equivalent in a biology/neuroscience subject is desirable. Experience in experimental design and data analysis and a strong interest in stem cell biology and cellular imaging are essential.  Excellent experimental, and oral and written communication skills (especially in English), good analytical/mathematical and inter-personal skills, and a commitment to agreed scientific objectives, are also required.

Because of the nature of the funding there are restrictions on eligibility. Specifically, candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the UK for more than 12 months in the last 3 years. In addition, Early Stage Researchers must (at the time of recruitment) be in the first four years (full-time equivalent research experience) of their research careers and not yet have a doctoral degree. This is measured from the date when they obtained the degree which would formally entitle them to embark on a doctorate, either in the country in which the degree was obtained or in the country in which the research training is provided, irrespective of whether or not a doctorate is envisaged.

The post is available immediately and is funded for three years in the first instance under the EU Horizon 2020 Early Stage Researcher Mobility Scheme. Salary on the Marie Curie Trainee Grade in the range £30,219 - £38,189 per annum inclusive, depending on the appointee’s individual circumstances.

You should apply for this post through UCL’s online recruitment,, ref 1721138, where you can download a full job description and person specification.

For queries relating to the application process, please contact Miss E Bertram, HR Manager, UCL Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG (email:

Informal enquiries welcome to Professor Sebastian Brandner (email:

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