Edmond and Lily Safra Fellows at the UK Dementia Research Institute

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
22 Jul 2019
£42,654 to £52,908 per annum
Division of Brain Sciences, Imperial College London

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 set of at least four Research Fellows. These are career development posts. We again will be seeking younger researchers ready to take the first steps towards setting up independent research programmes. We are looking for accomplished investigators who are willing to take risks to pursue important objectives. 

  • We intend to appoint at two Fellows with research programmes using advanced technologies or data science to improve early disease detection, monitoring or care of people with neurodegenerative diseases. 
  • We intend to appoint another two Fellows addressing 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.   

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 checkwill 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).

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Contact Details

Dawn Tharpe: d.tharpe@imperial.ac.uk
Prof. Paul Matthews: p.matthews@imperial.ac.uk