Research Fellow
London, GB
4d ago

Duties and Responsibilities

The Department of Clinical and Movement Neurosciences is in the unique position of pursuing research in basic neuroscience that is of direct translational benefit to neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, stroke, motor neurone disease, peripheral nerve disorders and spinal cord injury.

Our Research Groups use a powerful combination of modern non-invasive research technology, theoretical and computational approaches and a variety of cellular, animal and human models to explore how the brain controls normal movement, and how disease leads to disordered control of movement, and how disease leads to disordered control of movement.

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to join this team of researchers. The successful candidate will be self-directed with excellent research skills, capable of working collaboratively in a team of researchers, while maintaining independent thinking and initiative.

This is an outstanding opportunity to work as part of a team on a newly funded project from a grant for $8.4million from the Michael J Fox Foundation For Parkinson’s Research The genome-microbiome axis in the cause of Parkinson disease : Mechanistic insights and therapeutic implications from experimental models and a genetically stratified patient population In particular, the post-holder will have the unique opportunity to work in close collaboration with scientists at UCL and four other study sites (University of Tubingen, University of Pavia, German Centre for Neurodegenerative Diseases in Bonn, and French National Institute for Agricultural Research).

The post is available from January 2021 and is funded by a grant from the MJFF (ASAP) until 31 Dec 2023.

Key Requirements

The successful candidate will have PhD in a relevant discipline, a good knowledge of current developments in Parkinson’s disease research and have extensive experience in laboratory methods involved in molecular cell biology used in the investigation of neurodegenerative diseases.

Previous experience in a neuroscience research project and of managing sample processing, handling, storage and shipment are also a requirement, as are excellent communication skills, both written and oral, including the ability to deliver high quality presentations to lay and professional audiences, particularly interacting with patients and participants.

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 £31,542 - £33,257 per annum (including London Allowance).

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