Research Fellow

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
16 Nov 2019
£35,965 - £40,062 per annum
Until 30 September 2024 in the first instance

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Neuromuscular Diseases has several research labs with different expertise, focussed largely but not exclusively on the neuromuscular system, including a heavy component investigating neurodegeneration.  Professor Elizabeth Fisher’s group is analysing models of the human disorder Down syndrome, with respect to cognitive disability and the brain phenotype. We are now looking for a Research Fellow to join a team with primary research focus on understanding the neurobiology of Down Syndrome phenotypes through innovative mouse genetics, with a particular emphasis on cognition and brain function.  


The post is available immediately and is funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust until 30 September 2024 in the first instance. 

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Neuroscience, biology or related area including genetics, and an Honours degree (minimum 2:1) in Neuroscience, biology or related area. Expertise in neuroscience, including cellular and molecular techniques, histology, mouse models and working with mouse models for neuroscience is essential. Good inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting and excellent academic record with evidence of independent, creative work, including an established track record of publications in the field, are also required. Experience of mouse genetics is desirable. 

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.

For more information and to apply, please click here. 

Further Information

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Contact Details

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: