UK Dementia Research Institute (DRI) Research Fellows - University College London

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Closing Date
23 Jun 2019
£30,922 to £42,701 UCL Grade 7
Dementia Research Institute @ UCL, UCL Institute of Neurology
Fixed term until 31 August 2023 in the first instance

Dr Hong’s lab is based within the DRI @ UCL and focuses on understanding microglia-synapse biology in brain homeostasis and pathology. The lab aims to understand signaling pathways between microglia and neurons in healthy adult mice and models of neurologic diseases. Specifically, the lab is interested in circuit-specific vulnerability of synapse loss in diseases and immune basis of higher cognitive functions such as learning and memory.

Dr Hong’s lab is looking for highly motivated and qualified individuals for full-time research fellow positions at the DRI. The research fellows will work on independent and collaborative projects to dissect out mechanisms of neuroglia interactions using in vivo mouse models. The research fellows will be closely mentored to develop the scientific projects as well as skills for presentation, grantsmanship, teaching and writing.

Successful candidates should have a broad scientific background in and knowledge of neurobiology and/or neuroimmunology, including a PhD or MD in Neuroscience, Neuroimmunology, Biology or a closely related health field. Substantial prior wet laboratory experience is required, as well as passion for science and experience with electrophysiology, high/super-resolution imaging, flow cytometry, biochemistry, histology, in vivo rodent surgery, mouse behaviour, cell culture, and transcriptomics/proteomics. Applicants must have a publication record of primary authorship and/or presentation at local/international conferences and excellent inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting. Leadership experience at organising journal clubs, local workshops, and/or focus meetings is desirable.

Posts are available immediately and are funded by a DRI fellowship held by Dr. Hong until 31 August 2023 in the first instance. Starting salary is on UCL Grade 7 in the range £35,328 - £42,701 per annum (including London Allowance). 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 £30,922 - £32,607 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.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment – where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1808546.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology (email:

Closing date: 23 June 2019

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