UK DRI Post-doctoral Research Associate

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Closing Date
24 Oct 2020
£38,304, including London Weighting Allowance
Denmark Hill Campus, King's College London
36 months (fixed-term)

Job details

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century. Researchers at the UK Dementia Research Institute  (DRI) at King's College London are using innovative approaches to explore the biological mechanisms involved in neurodegenerative diseases. Their goal is to defeat dementia by uncovering vital new knowledge that will lead to the design of smarter diagnostics and effective treatments. The team aims to understand the fundamental biological processes involved in dementia at a molecular level - and to use that knowledge to design new ways to diagnose and treat disease more precisely.

The successful candidate will help to drive the setup of multimodal home monitoring of patients with the neurodegenerative disorder amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This post will form a strong academic link between Professor Chris Shaw at UK DRI at King's College London and Professor David Sharp at UK DRI at Imperial College London. Close liaison with expert machine learning teams at the University of Surrey will be integral. Ultimately, we aim to answer important questions about environmental influences on disease progression in ALS and the development of novel biomarkers to advance drug discovery.

This position is funded by the UK DRI Cross Centre Post-Doctoral Programme.


  • PhD in Neuroscience or PhD in Neuroscience near completion.
  • Previous involvement in key aspects of clinical neuroscience research (e.g. clinical drug trials, patient recruitment, data collection).
  • To have presented at national or international conferences, including poster and oral presentations.
  • To have the necessary skills and dedication to set up, recruit for and run a clinical study.
  • To be familiar with common biostatistical techniques

Desirable criteria

  • 1st Class or 2.1 awarded at undergraduate degree.
  • Awarded academic prizes or awards.
  • Knowledge of the national research ethics service approval process.
  • To have published high-quality work in peer-reviewed journals.
  • To have plans to pursue a long-term research career.
  • To have the mathematical background to pursue complex biostatistical methods (using the package 'R') and bioengineering analysis (using the package 'Matlab').

How to apply

Contact details

Dr James Bashford: