Principal Staff Scientist


U.K. Dementia Research Institute, University College London Queen Square Institute of Neurology


London, England, U.K.

Principal Investigator

Bart De Strooper


Apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment,, where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1801138. Queries concerning the role should be addressed to Adrian Ivinson, COO for the DRI (email: Queries regarding the application process should be addressed to Miss E Bertram, HR Manager, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, (email:


The U.K. DRI is a very vibrant and rapidly growing research community that will soon number many hundreds of researchers. The U.K. DRI research team at UCL is currently composed of 12 group leaders working across a range of basic and translational neuroscience themes relevant to dementia, and its newly refurbished facilities can accommodate close to 200 researchers and support staff. As U.K. DRI Director and Chief Scientific Officer, Bart De Strooper is responsible for setting the overall scientific direction and culture of the entire institute, including senior appointments, collaborations, scientific integrity and excellence, and major projects and programmes.

De Strooper is now looking for a first-rate scientist to help him build, manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the group. This is a major science position, perhaps well-suited to an experienced and successful postdoctoral researcher or junior faculty scientist who relishes the opportunity to work closely with an accomplished academic investigator and be closely and directly involved in top-flight science. The post holder will provide day-to-day management of the De Strooper lab within the UCL DRI, including all laboratory operational elements of the De Strooper group at UCL DRI. The role may involve occasional travel to the other U.K. DRI Centres and to the partner De Strooper lab at VIB in Leuven, Belgium.

The post is available immediately and is funded by the DRI for five years in the first instance. Although a Grade 9 post, we are able to offer a very competitive salary.

The U.K. DRI particularly welcomes female applicants and those from an ethnic minority as they are underrepresented within UCL at this level. The U.K. DRI will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible, and job-share basis wherever possible.


Applicants must hold an honours degree (minimum 2:1) and relevant postgraduate qualifications (Ph.D., M.D., etc.) or relevant experience. A sophisticated and detailed scientific and technical understanding of neurodegeneration, and experience of directly supervising laboratory staff, lab-based research in biomedical neuroscience, or other relevant fields (including animal work), hands-on use of a range of relevant lab instruments and tools, designing experiments, and writing and managing sizeable grants are essential.   Well above average written and verbal communication skills, strong project management skills, demonstrably strong interpersonal and networking skills, the ability to act as an effective team player in a highly collaborative culture, a can-do positive attitude, and enjoyment of the challenges of a start-up culture are also required.