UK DRI Centre Director

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
22 Jul 2024
Internationally competitive
Imperial College London, White City Campus, London
Permanent tenured professorial appointment at Imperial; the Centre Director element of the position is funded until April 2028 in the first instance with opportunity for renewal.
Are you an experienced senior leader with the vision to drive groundbreaking research in a world leading environment? Imperial College London and the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) seek an exceptional global leader in neurosciences (clinical or non-clinical) to join the Department of Brain Sciences and be the next Director of the UK Dementia Research Institute Centre at Imperial. With over 1 million people in the UK living with dementia and related neurodegenerative disorders we are witnessing devastating impact on individuals, their families, public services and so the UK economy. However, the next decade promises transformative breakthroughs as we enter a new era of predictive, preventative, and precision medicine for neurodegenerative conditions. The UK is well placed to play a leading role in this revolution due to its scientific strengths in the field, led by the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) working with world-class, university-based Centres. Imperial, recently ranked 1st in Europe and 2nd in the world QS World University rankings 2025 and is world renowned for neuroscience research, ranking 1st in the last Research Excellence Framework for psychology, psychiatry and neurosciences. Within this environment, you will lead a UK DRI Centre team of 11 Group Leaders and 2 emerging group leaders based in state-of-the art facilities at Imperial’s White City Campus; a thriving ecosystem where transdisciplinary research, industry partners and entrepreneurship coexist for maximum impact. Co-located within minutes of Hammersmith Hospital and a suite of clinical research facilities, research translation is enabled through the Imperial College NIHR Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), the largest BRC in the UK. We also offer a major start-up package, including a substantial personal research budget, dedicated funding to support the Centre, and space in Imperial’s White City campus with its state-of-the-art molecular and cell biology facilities. Applications are welcome from all and salary will be commensurate with achievements, qualifications and experience. A generous relocation package will be provided to support those moving to the London area.

Further Information

The job description is currently with the relevant Royal Colleges for their review and approval.

Full information on duties, responsibilities and criteria for the post can be found in the attached Job Description.

Please see our Further Particulars for more information about Imperial College and the benefits available to staff.

In order to apply for the post, visit: Description | Jobs | Imperial College London . Please apply online, including your current CV and a cover letter (maximum 5 pages) outlining your motivation for applying, your vision for the UK DRI at Imperial and your personal research proposal.

Contact Details

Informal inquiries about the post can be directed to Professor Graham Cooke, the Vice-Dean (research) for Faculty of Medicine, Email: , Professor William Wisden, UK DRI Interim Centre Director, Email: and Professor Siddharthan Chandran, UK DRI Director, Email: