Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow- Dementia Research Institute, UCL

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
18 Dec 2019
Grade 7: £35,965 to £43,470 per annum / Grade 8: £44,674 to £52,701 per annum
UK DRI at UCL, London, WC1E 6BT
Funded from a BrightFocus grant until 30 June 2022 in the first instance

36.5 hours per week (Full time, 1.00 FTE) 

Duties and Responsibilities

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative supporting research to fill this gap.

Research from UK DRI at UCL covers the journey from the patient to the laboratory and back to the patient with improved diagnosis, biomarkers and candidate therapies put to the test.

We are looking for a highly motivated and qualified Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow to join Dr Busche’s lab (, which employs molecular, optical, electrophysiological and behavioural methods to reveal the cellular and circuit determinants of the devastating learning and memory impairments observed in individuals with Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) and related dementing illnesses.   

The post holder will work independently on a high impact, state-of-the-art project in a stimulating and social international research environment, undertaking world-class science under the guidance of a leader in Alzheimer’s pathophysiology. 

The appointee is expected to determine the direction of the project and make significant conceptual contributions. Applicants who are motivated to develop careers as independent investigators are therefore especially encouraged to apply.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in Neuroscience or a neuroscience-related or quantitative discipline (e.g. physics, applied mathematics, engineering, bioinformatics).

Applicants must have experience with in vivo patch-clamp electrophysiology and/or two-photon microscopy in rodent brains, a strong statistical analysis background, and programming and coding ability (e.g., MATLAB, Python), especially with regards to analysing the electrophysiological and imaging data.

Experience in leading projects including supervision of staff, students and/or technicians, and an established track record of writing and publishing high-quality scientific articles are essential for appointment as a Senior Research Fellow.

The post is graded as Grade 7 or Grade 8, depending on experience. 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.

For more information and to apply, please click here.

Contact Details

For a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact Marc Busche (

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