Senior Research Fellow and Human Cell Models Facility Manager (UCL)

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Closing Date
20 Jun 2020
£44,674 - £52,701 per annum inclusive of London Allowance
UK DRI at UCL, Gower Street, London WCIE 6BT+
Funded for two years in the first instance

About the job

Dementia is the biggest health challenge of our century. To date, there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it. The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward 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 seeking an energetic and proactive individual who is passionate and knowledgeable about human cell models and their impact on our understanding of neurological diseases.

The postholder will be responsible for identifying and establishing cutting edge methodology, including iPSC, neurons derived by direct conversion and complex organoids. Additionally, the position integrates an advisory component on human cell model culture and differentiation protocols, a consultatory role on experiment design, planning and interpretation (including statistical analysis), resource and personnel management, training of personnel and administrative responsibilities.

Person criteria

Driven and motivated scientists with excellent track records in cell/developmental biology and/or in Alzheimer’s disease/neurodegeneration/neuroscience and/or related fields are encouraged to apply. The ideal candidate has practical and recent hands-on expertise in a number of state-of-the-art human cell differentiation techniques and understands the necessary groundwork required in managing the day-to-day operations and maintenance of a fast-paced, collaborative, state-of-the-art human cell model facility.

Applicants should have a PhD awarded in Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Molecular Biology or related discipline and significant experience in human stem cell culture and differentiation of human stem cells. Leadership and decision-making skills matched with a collegial attitude, excellent time management, and excellent communication skills are also a requirement. This is a unique opportunity to work in a vibrant research environment and at the cutting edge of disease-related neuroscience within the UK DRI at UCL and UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, as well as through collaboration with external laboratories and industry.

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