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Research Fellows

UCL Institute of Neurology - Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy

Location: London
Salary: £36,028 to £41,228 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance, superannuable
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 5th November 2021
Job Ref: 1877983

The Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy (DCEE) is amongst the most research intensive epilepsy departments in the world. Our mission is to transform the lives of people living with epilepsy for the better by identifying, understanding and correcting or preventing the underlying mechanisms leading to the epilepsies and associated comorbidities in each individual person.

Applications are invited for two Research Fellows to join a team established by Professor James Rothman and led by Dr Sergey Novoselov with a main focus on protein expression and purification. The role holders will work on the project, the overarching goal of which is to understand the role of liquid crystal-like phases of proteins in the organisation of membrane compartments. The appointees will play an essential role in this project by expressing, isolating and characterising a variety of proteins of interest using both established and customised approaches. They will also have the opportunity to utilise the breadth of expertise and technologies available across the collaborating groups operating in Yale, Paris, Madrid and Barcelona.

The successful candidates should have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in Biology or in a related area. Experience in biochemical techniques, including protein expression, purification, characterization and post-translational modification and western blotting is required. Ability to maintain high standards of technical excellence and experimental reproducibility is essential, as is experience with protein purification systems (e.g., Akta purification system), molecular biology techniques, including cloning, and an interest in the field of protein biology and structural biology. Applicants must also have good inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting, and good oral/written communication skills.  An excellent academic record with evidence of creative work would be desirable.

Two posts are available from October 2021 and are funded by a grant from the ERC Synergy for three years in the first instance.  Starting salary on the UCL grade 7, ranging from £36,028 to £41,228 per annum, inclusive of 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 £ 31,542 - £33,257 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 these posts through UCL's online recruitment site –  where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1877983.  

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email:

Informal enquiries about the positions can be made to Dr Sergey Novoselov (

Closing date:  5 November 2021

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