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Research Fellow

University College London - Institute of Ophthalmology

Location: London
Salary: £35,328 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance, Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd April 2019
Closes: 30th June 2019
Job Ref: 1793063

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,328 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Applications are invited for the post of research associate at the UCL Institute of Ophthalmology. She/he will join collaborative research groups headed by Maria Balda and Karl Matter to study the role of tight junction proteins in vivo during mouse ocular fibrotic disease.

The successful applicant will focus on the analysis of tight junction-associated signalling mechanisms during ocular  neovascularization, fibrosis and inflammation  in mouse models and relevant cells in coculture. The aim of the project will be to identify molecular and cellular mechanisms to inhibit neovascularization, fibrotic and inflammatory responses.

The position is funded by Moorfields Eye Hospital for a period of 12 months in the first instance.

This position requires a PhD in Cell/Molecular/Developmental Biology, Biochemistry, or another related discipline. The person appointed will preferably have a UK personal Home Office animal licence, experience in mouse biology, mouse eye injections and in vivo eye function assessment techniques. The project also requires basic tissue culture and molecular cell biology (expression analysis at protein and mRNA levels, quantitative biochemical and cell-based assays, fluorescence microscopy, analysis of early mouse development).

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 £30,922 - £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

UCL vacancy reference: 1793063

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Maria S. Balda (email: ).  If you have any enquiries regarding the application process please email:

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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