UK DRI Programme Leader for animal models

UK DRI Programme Leader for animal models (Senior/Principle Fellow or Professor)

UCL Department: UCL Institute of Neurology

Research Department: Dementia Research Institute

In December 2016, it was announced that UCL had been selected as the ‘hub’ of the new £250m UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), to be led by Professor Bart De Strooper. The UK DRI is a joint £250m investment into dementia research led by the Medical Research Council (MRC) alongside founding charity partners Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

We are looking for a dynamic, dedicated, individual with a flair for innovation who will contribute across the UK DRI and is able to create an integrated and coordinated effort to improve the work with animal models and in particular with rodents throughout the DRI. In return we are offering a generous start-up package including £1.5M—£2.5M (depending on the appointee grade), provision for up to for 300 cages (fully funded) with the opportunity to expand, the opportunity to apply for additional UK-DRI funds for collaborative projects and a top-quality research environment for mouse studies provided by MRC Harwell.

UK DRI Programme Leader will direct an internationally competitive research programme within the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) relevant to the area of neurodegeneration, with the ultimate aim of improving human health. You will draw on your own knowledge and expertise and that of colleagues both within and outside of the UK DRI, developing a collaborative programme and directing a team effort to improve the value of genetically and non-genetically modified rodent models in dementia research. We are interested in innovative technologies to analyse brain function in vivo, and innovative ways to create better models for disease. You will have a strong research program of your own but also will coordinate the efforts over the whole institute. The UK DRI is looking to transform the field of dementias research and welcomes scientists from all disciplines.

As an independent Programme Leader you will interact with scientists and support staff at all levels within the centre and the UK DRI, and externally with senior personnel in the national and international research community, including research institutes, funding bodies and commercial companies.

Key Requirements

  • Applicants must have a proven track record of internationally competitive scientific research which they now wish to apply in a UK DRI core programme.
  • The successful candidate will hold a PhD or equivalent and have experience of planning and developing projects or programmes of research. Strong record of publications in high impact journals, with emphasis on quality, proven experience in presenting and defending the results of research and experience of planning and developing projects or programmes of research are also essential.
  • A demonstrable record of being awarded competitive grants is required for a Professor or a Principal Fellow (Grade 9) appointment.
  • You will be required to demonstrate that the proposed research interfaces and complements the present portfolio and future science strategy of the UK DRI as a whole.
  • The post is available immediately and is funded from UK DRI @ UCL initially for 5 years, with appointment based on the MRC tenure-track route.

Fellow will be appointed on either UCL grade 8 or 9.

UCL Grade 8 (Senior Fellow): £43,023 – £50,753 per annum including London Allowance, superannuable.

UCL Grade 9 (Principal Fellow): £55,163 – £59,981 per annum, including London Allowance, superannuable.

Starting salary for the Professor position will be on the UCL Non Clinical Professorial scale, minimum £66,008 per annum, including London Allowance, superannuable;
Salary will be determined based on achievements, qualifications and experience. Competitive salary will be available to exceptional candidates.

Further details are attached and to start you application process, please click here.