We are one of the world’s leading research centres for the study of prions and their wider relevance to neurodegenerative disease with a growing research activity in Alzheimer’s disease (www.prion.ucl.ac.uk). The Institute is highly multidisciplinary with close integration of structural and molecular biology, genetics, cellular and animal models, small molecule and immuno-therapeutics and clinical research.
About the role
We have an exciting opportunity for a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to join one of our Research Programmes within the Unit led by Dr Wenjuan Zhang. The main objectives of the post-doc are to lead a study of the Cryo-EM structures of yeast prions, interpret the results in yeast and relate the findings to neurodegenerative disease proteins. This is a 12 month fixed-term role in the first instance, with a full time salary of £38,308 pa (inclusive of London Allowance). Appropriate Agenda security checks will be required to carry out this role. This role meets the eligibility requirements for a skilled worker certificate of sponsorship. Therefore, UCL welcomes applications from international applicants who require a visa. This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Professional Services Staff. Please visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-resources/conditions-service-research-teaching-and-professional-services-staff for more information.
We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual who will thrive in a laboratory with a friendly and supportive atmosphere. The successful candidate should have a PhD in structural biology, cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, microbiology or a relevant subject area. The successful candidate should have extensive experience in protein purification and protein biochemistry. Training in Cryo-EM can be provided in the group. The candidate should be able to work independently and have good communication skills to work in a team.
What we offer
As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:
• 41 Days holiday (27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
• Additional 5 days’ annual leave purchase scheme
• Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE) • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
• Immigration loan
• Relocation scheme for certain posts
• On-Site nursery at UCL
• On-site gym at UCL
• Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
• Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
• Discounted medical insurance Visit https://www.ucl.ac.uk/work-at-ucl/reward-and-benefits to find out more.
Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong. We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be under-represented in UCL’s workforce. These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women. Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.