Research Associate

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Company: UCL Institute of Neurology

Department: Department of Molecular Neuroscience

Salary: £34,635 to £41,864 per annum, including London Allowance, superannuable.

Hours: Full Time

Contract type: Fixed-Term/Contract

Type / Role: Academic or Research

Phone: +44-1497 9221893

Fax: +44-1270 8001037

E-mail: N\A


Detail information about job Research Associate. Terms and conditions vacancy

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology, under the supervision of Dr Helene Plun-Favreau. This is a laboratory-based role, central to research activities within the UCL-Eisai collaboration, Therapeutic Innovation Group (TIG). The post holder will be expected to provide theoretical and practical expertise in determining the validity, tractability and translatability of novel targets for the treatment of neurodegenerative disease.

Being ideally positioned between world-class, early-stage translational research and cutting-edge drug development, the post-holder will have the unique opportunity to work collaboratively with the TIG, Principal Investigators, and scientists at both UCL and Eisai to consolidate multi-disciplinary expertise from both organisations. It is expected that the post-holder will make a significant intellectual contribution to project plans and contribute to subject-matter expertise and project progression within the TIG. Effective delivery will depend upon the ability to plan and organise effectively, and communicate with a wide range of UCL and Eisai partners. Willingness to discuss and share issues with the wider project team is essential.

Applicants must hold an Honours degree (minimum 2:1) in Biochemistry or a related discipline, and have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD in a relevant subject, or equivalent industry experience. Experience of working in a translational research environment and in industrial drug discovery and/or high-throughput screening programs, and knowledge and experience of a broad range of research techniques in molecular and cellular biology, including hands-on experience in assay development (eg, absorbance, fluorescence, FRET) and optimisation, cell and tissue fractionation, protein purification, bacterial transformation, cell culture systems and disease models, transfections and viral transductions, luciferase assays and other reporter-based reads, western-blotting and fluorescence microscopy, are essential. Excellent oral and written communication skills (including the ability to analyse and write up data), good interpersonal skills, basic statistical skills, and the ability to manage time and work to deadlines, are also required.

The post is available from September 2017 and is funded for the period to 30 November 2018 in the first instance by a grant from Eisai. Starting salary on UCL Grade 7 in the range £34,635-£41,864 per annum, including London Allowance, superannuable. Appointment on 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 with salary in the range £30,316-£31,967 per annum, with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis, including corrections.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment –, Ref number: 1667077, where you can download the job description and person specification. For further information regarding the application process please contact Miss E Bertram, HR Manager, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email: [email protected]). Informal enquiries are welcome to Dr Lorna Ravenhill (email: [email protected]).

Closing date: 12 September 2017

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