University College London (UCL)

Research Fellows

University College London (UCL)

London, United Kingdom

UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy
Research Fellows

An exciting opportunity has arisen for two post-doctoral Research Fellows to work on genomics in the epilepsies as part of a translational genomics programme under the supervision of Professor Sanjay Sisodiya. The appointees will be responsible for the application of genomic technologies in order to realise translation of personalised medicine for people with epilepsy.

The posts are based at the well-known Chalfont Centre for Epilepsy with translational research facilities and onsite laboratories. The main purpose of the posts is to advance understanding of the epilepsies through detailed clinical, investigational and genomic evaluation in a large cohort of people with well-characterised epilepsies. The post holders will be responsible for a range of activities, amongst which will be research on genomic, clinical and other data in epilepsy, the provision of laboratory-based scientific support, and close collaboration in research projects aiming for clinical application across the group, and through collaborative external projects, such as with Genomics England Ltd 100,000 Genomes project) and other national and international initiatives. An important strand of the group’s research is to develop formal quantitative multimodal analyses, for example, as used in recent work ( 

Applicants must hold a PhD in Genetics, Statistics, Biostatistics, Epidemiology, Bioinformatics, Computer Science, Neurological Genetics or a closely related discipline and have experience in computational genomics and knowledge of pipelines for the analysis of next-generation sequencing data, and dealing with large genome-wide datasets. A research record in journals within the areas of Statistical and/or Population Genetics, including at least one first-author publication, is essential. General knowledge of neurology, epilepsy and/or genetics is desirable.

The posts are available immediately and are funded by a grant from the Epilepsy Society to 31 August 2022 in the first instance. Starting salary on UCL Grade 7, £35,965 – £43,470 per annum (including London Allowance), superannuable. Appointment at 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 (salary £31,479 – £33,194 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. If the PhD has not yet been granted, the final accepted version of the thesis must have been submitted to the degree-granting university by the start date.

You should apply for this post through UCL’s online recruitment – where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1843201

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology ( Informal inquiries can be made to Professor Sanjay Sisodiya (

Closing date: 20 December 2019

Interview date: 10 January 2020

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