Research Associate in Neurogenomics
Imperial College London Department of Brain Sciences
United Kingdom

Job summary

The UK DRI is seeking an outstanding post-doctoral Research Associate interested in taking on a challenging role with considerable scope for independent scientific achievement and personal growth.  The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) at Imperial has been established to address a medical research area of the highest importance and future impact. As one of seven national centres of excellence embedded in major UK universities, we intend...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01750
  • Date posted 2 March 2020
  • Closing date 2 April 2020

Key information about the role

  •  
    Location White City Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, permanent
  • Salary £40,215 – £47,579 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Brain Sciences
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

The UK DRI is seeking an outstanding post-doctoral Research Associate interested in taking on a challenging role with considerable scope for independent scientific achievement and personal growth. 

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) at Imperial has been established to address a medical research area of the highest importance and future impact. As one of seven national centres of excellence embedded in major UK universities, we intend to transform the diagnosis, treatment and care of people with dementias. The Medical Research Council and charity partners the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK have invested £290m in fulfilment of the ambition identified in the Prime Minister's 2020 Challenge on Dementia.

The fellowship programme of Dr Nathan Skene is focused on identifying mechanisms through which complex genetic variation drives susceptibility for neurodegenerative diseases in specific cell types and at particular life stages.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be expected to help to define specific research programmes within this remit and undertake these in conjunction with colleagues in multi-disciplinary teams. Considerable independence is expected, with anticipation of a growing role in leadership of the research.  In addition, the you will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals and to join in attracting external research funding.

There will be opportunities for supervision of students. Experience in other teaching roles, including lecturing, will be enabled as part of the broad range of career development opportunities that Imperial makes available to its post-doctoral research staff.

Essential requirements

You will be ambitious, with the passion to tackle big problems and a readiness to try out high-risk, high-payoff projects. Exceptional prior experience with genomics methods and a background in neurobiology will be assets. You will either work closely with experimentalists or perform their own experiments (if they have adequate training in molecular biology). You will be responsible for data analysis and visualization as well as development of new computational methods for processing and analysis of large-scale omics data. We set high standards for reproducibility of research and you will be expected to maintain your code on GitHub, develop containers and write workflows.

Further information

The contract is offered full time, initially for a fixed term until 31 March 2023.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £35,477 - £38,566 per annum.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact Dr Nathan Skene for an informal discussion about the role n.skene@imperial.ac.uk 

For more information about the UK DRI at Imperial, please visit: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/dementia-research-institute

Interviews are expected to be held during the first two weeks of April.

For technical issues when applying online please email recruitment@imperial.ac.uk

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA),which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research/


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