Research Fellow

Research Fellow

University College London (UCL)

London, United Kingdom

Division of Biosciences

Research Department of Structural and Molecular Biology


Research Fellow

Full Time

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,328 – £42,701 per annum , inclusive of London Allowance.

A Wellcome Trust funded Research Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Alan Cheung.

The Cheung Lab ( investigates the molecular mechanisms of eukaryotic gene transcription on chromatin, using a variety of structural, biochemical, biophysical and genetic methods. A main focus is on histone acetyltransferase complexes which are large macromolecular machines that regulate transcription and DNA repair.

A Research Fellow is sought to investigate the molecular mechanisms of large chromatin modifying complexes that stimulate transcription. Their project will aim to understand how they assembled, and how they are recruited to specific genes, by using a combination of biochemical, biophysical and cryo-electron microscopy methods. In addition to experimental work, the role will require extensive participation in experimental design, assimilation of relevant literature, interaction with internal and external collaborators, regular presentation of seminars, and manuscript preparation. The post holder will also provide guidance and supervision for less experienced group members.

The post is funded until 28th February 2022 initially.

The successful candidate must have a PhD (or be studying towards it) in in structural biology, biophysics or biochemistry, extensive understanding of protein and nucleic acid structure, ability to analyse and interpret biochemical, biophysical and structural data and ability to teach/demonstrate research methods and techniques.

Knowledge of eukaryotic transcription and chromatin biology and X-ray crystallography and structure solution are among desirable criteria.

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 £30,922-£32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

For further details about the vacancy and how to apply online please go to and search on Reference Number 1791349

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Alan Cheung (email:

Closing Date: 2 March 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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