Edmond and Lily Safra Fellow and UK DRI Fellow

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
8 Jan 2020
£45,615 – £53,988 plus benefits
Imperial College London, Hammersmith Campus White City, London W12 0NN
Full time, fixed term

Job summary

Imperial College London is one of the world’s most highly ranked universities. It has made a major commitment to neurodegenerative disease research in its new Department of Brain Science. It is the only UK University hosting two Centres for the UK Dementia Research Institute: the UK DRI at Imperial and the UK DRI Centre for Care and Technology. This adds to an earlier focus on Parkinson’s Disease research, leadership of the UK Parkinson’s Society Brain Bank and a track record of excellence in areas of neuroimaging, neurotechnologies, innovations in functional neurosurgery (and now related non-invasive MRI guided high energy focused ultrasound methods) and translational therapeutics for Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

With generous support from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and Lily Safra, a Safra Fellowship programme was initiated in 2016 for postdoctoral researchers of demonstrated ability and highest potential. The Fellowships enabled career development of its holders as an independent academic researchers and fostered the development of new areas of research in the Division of Brain Sciences. Fellows developed novel ideas or methods and tested bold hypotheses. All have now progressed to new faculty positions at Imperial or other UK universities.

With additional generous support from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and in conjunction with the UK DRI at Imperial and the UK DRI Centre for Care Research and Technology, we now want to appoint a new Research Fellow. This is a career development post. We again will be seeking a researcher ready to take the first steps towards setting up an independent research programme. We are looking for an accomplished investigator  willing to take risks to pursue important objectives.

We intend to appoint a Fellow to address a broader range of interests in bioinformatics (including, e.g. specialisations in systems/computational neuroscience, ‘omics or population studies), translational molecular cell studies or advanced neuroimaging specifically for the diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of Parkinson’s disease.  

Essential requirements

You must have A PhD or equivalent higher research degree in a relevant field plus post-doctoral or equivalent additional research training.  A previous research and publication record with evidence of potential for international excellence and leadership in the chosen area of science is also necessary.

Further information

As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check will be required for the successful candidate. Further information about the DBS disclosure process can be found at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/ or by telephoning 0870 90 90 811. You may also wish to view the College’s policy statements on the Recruitment and Employment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information.

Should you have any queries regarding this position please contact Dawn Tharpe d.tharpe@imperial.ac.uk or for research enquiries please contact Prof. Paul Matthews (p.matthews@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/



About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

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Contact Details

Should you have any queries regarding this position please contact Dawn Tharpe d.tharpe@imperial.ac.uk or for research enquiries please contact Prof. Paul Matthews (p.matthews@imperial.ac.uk).

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk