Edmond and Lily Safra Research Fellow and UK DRI Fellow

Job summary

Imperial College London is one of the world’s most highly ranked universities. It has made a major commitment to neurodegenerative disease research in its new Department of Brain Science. It is the only UK University hosting two Centres for the UK Dementia Research Institute: the UK DRI Centre at Imperial and the UK DRI Care Research and Technology Centre. This adds to an earlier focus on Parkinson’s Disease research, leadership of the UK...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED01244
  • Date posted 9 June 2020
  • Closing date 30 June 2020

Job description

Job summary

Imperial College London is one of the world’s most highly ranked universities. It has made a major commitment to neurodegenerative disease research in its new Department of Brain Science. It is the only UK University hosting two Centres for the UK Dementia Research Institute: the UK DRI Centre at Imperial and the UK DRI Care Research and Technology Centre. This adds to an earlier focus on Parkinson’s Disease research, leadership of the UK Parkinson’s Society Brain Bank and a track record of excellence in areas of neuroimaging, neurotechnologies, innovations in functional neurosurgery (and now related non-invasive MRI guided high energy focused ultrasound methods) and translational therapeutics for Parkinson’s and other neurodegenerative diseases.

With generous support from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and Lily Safra, a Research Fellowship programme was initiated in 2016 for postdoctoral researchers of demonstrated ability and highest potential. The Fellowships enabled career development of its holders as independent academic researchers and fostered the development of new areas of research in the Department of Brain Sciences. Fellows developed novel ideas or methods and tested bold hypotheses. All have now progressed to new faculty positions at Imperial or other UK universities.

With additional generous support from the Edmond J. Safra Foundation and in conjunction with the UK DRI Centre at Imperial, we now want to appoint another Research Fellow. This is designed as a career development post for an outstanding scientist ready to begin setting up an independent research programme. We are looking for our exceptional people who are willing to take risks to pursue important objectives addressing any of a broad range of interests in bioinformatics (including, e.g. specialisations in systems/computational neuroscience, ‘omics or population studies), translational molecular cell or neuropathological studies or advanced neuroimaging intended to further the fundamental understanding, diagnosis, monitoring or treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Duties and responsibilities

Key responsibilities include developing own research profile within the Department that can lead towards international excellence in the chosen area, writing scientific papers and having an active role on newly developed research projects. You will be responsible for presenting research work in national and international meetings. As well as this, core duties will include obtaining independent external funding for research within the tenure if the post and collaborating with other nation and international groups.

Essential requirements

You must have A PhD or equivalent higher research degree in a relevant field plus post-doctoral or equivalent additional research training. A previous research and publication record with evidence of potential for international excellence and leadership in the chosen area of science is also necessary.

Further information

This post is offered on a full time, fixed term basis lasting up to 4 years in the first instance.

As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, at the appropriate level, will be required for the successful candidate.

Please note this is a re-advertisement; previous applicants need not apply.

Should you have any queries regarding this position please contact Prof Paul Matthews p.matthews@imperial.ac.uk.

For technical issues when applying online please emailrecruitment@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/

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About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

All Imperial employees are expected to follow the 7 principles of Imperial Expectations: 

  • Champion a positive approach to change and opportunity
  • Communicate regularly and effectively within, and across, teams
  • Consider the thoughts and expectations of others
  • Deliver positive outcomes
  • Encourage inclusive participation and eliminate discrimination
  • Develop and grow skills and expertise
  • Work in a planned and managed way 

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment. We are an Athena SWAN Silver award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.