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Research Fellow

UCL Institute of Neurology - Department of Neurodegenerative Disease

Location: London
Salary: £35,965 to £38,993 Per annum, Grade 6B / Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th February 2020
Closes: 25th February 2020
Job Ref: 1860283

We are seeking a Research Fellow to join the group of Professor Helene Plun-Favreau. This position is based within the Department of Neurodegenerative Disease, which is recognised as internationally leading in the study of neurodegenerative diseases causing dementia and related disorders, (   

The post holder will be working on a project to identify the molecular mechanisms by which two new Parkinson’s disease risk genes, identified in the Plun-Favreau lab, play a role in mitophagy/mitochondrial quality control. The successful candidate will use cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry and microscopy techniques to dissect the mode of action of these two genes in human cell lines and in rodent embryonic neurons.

Applicants should be driven and motivated scientists with, or close to obtaining, a PhD in Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or related discipline.   Experience and knowledge in microscopy, biochemistry/molecular biology, and mammalian cell culture is essential. Candidates must have strong problem solving abilities and good inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting. Experience in neuronal cell culture and Genome editing is desirable.

The post is available from 1 March 2020 and is funded by a grant from the Michael J Fox Foundation until 31 August 2021 in the first instance.   Starting salary is on Grade 7 in the range £35,965 to £38,993 per annum (including London Allowance), superannuable.

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. If the PhD has not yet been granted, the final accepted version of the thesis must have been submitted to the degree-granting university by the start date in post.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment – where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1860283.    For queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (email:

Closing date: 25 February 2020

Interview date: 5 March 2020

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