Rowling Tenure Track Regenerative Neurology Fellow


University of Edinburgh


Edinburgh, Scotland, U.K.

Principal Investigator

Siddharthan Chandran


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Applications are invited from scientifically qualified candidates for up to three non-clinical five-year tenure-track Fellowships to be hosted by the Anne Rowling Regenerative Neurology Clinic and the UK Dementia Research Institute at The University of Edinburgh. These are new tenure-track positions that will focus on establishing an independent research programme and will be supported by a very competitive start up package with funds for capital equipment, consumables and laboratory personnel to drive forward the candidate’s research.

The successful candidates will be outstanding scientists with a proven record of research excellence to complement and enhance existing research programmes into MS, MND/ALS, Parkinson’s, dementias and other neurodegenerative disorders. Applications are particularly welcome from researchers with a track-record of human based experimental study eg. including (but not restricted to) stem cell systems, molecular pathology, medical imaging and experimental medicine.

This post represents an opportunity to establish an independent career in an outstanding translational neuroscience environment. Prospective candidates should contact Professor Siddharthan Chandran ( or Professor Giles Hardingham (

The University welcomes applications from everyone irrespective of gender or ethnic group. As women and members of ethnic minorities are currently under-represented in posts at this level we particularly encourage applications from members of these groups. These posts are for five years. Subject to a satisfactory formal review at the end of year four, the post-holder will then move to a standard University academic open-ended contract at the end of year five. Appointments at Senior Lecturer level will be considered for suitably qualified candidates.

Interviews will take place on 28th February 2020.

Main Responsibilities

Approx. % of time 
  1. To undertake world-leading independent research in neurodegeneration - regeneration 85%

  2. To undertake development training to be competent in the academic role 5%

  3. To contribute to teaching programmes within the discipline 5%

  4. To undertake administrative responsibilities associated with research and teaching duties 5%

Planning and Organizing
The Fellow will be required to plan their research project and execute it, apply for and win research funding appropriate to the discipline. They will train in the skills required to lead research, to supervise research students, and to teach undergraduates and postgraduates as required by the Deanery Head.

Problem Solving
The Fellow will need to win research funding and provide appropriate projects for research students. They will be required to develop material for teaching and to deliver this.

Decision Making
There are a variety of day-to-day independent decisions that need to be made in undertaking a research programme, and decisions made jointly with colleagues in teaching and in academic administration.


Carry out world-leading research
• PhD in a relevant field
• Significant postdoctoral research experience and expertise in discovery research in the field of neurodegeneration – regeneration.
•Track-record of human-based research including pathology and / or stem cell / medical imaging / experimental medicine
• Strong record of publications as first or senior/corresponding author
• Evidence of independence and initiative in conceiving and driving research projects.
• Experience of inter-disciplinary collaborations.

Ability to teach within the discipline
• Willingness to undertake teaching duties and training in university teaching.

Knowledge of the wider discipline and funding opportunities
• Good understanding of the wider discipline.
• Understanding of the funding opportunities and constraints appropriate to the field.

Management and Leadership
• Familiarity with elementary financial planning, management of resources and appropriate administrative behaviour, including collegiate support of colleagues.
• An understanding of working with a diverse body of students and staff, creating an inclusive culture.

Ability to teach and / or supervise within the discipline
• Some university teaching experience (lectures, tutorials, etc.)
• Evidence of supervision of undergraduate, Masters and / or PhD students
• Experience working with patient-led society and advocacy groups.

Knowledge of the wider discipline and funding opportunities
• Evidence of ability to win funding for research.

External Engagement
• Evidence of successful track record in external engagement activities.
• Sound understanding of the potential non-academic impacts of the research and ways of engaging in order to achieve these.
• Willingness to develop and conduct public engagement activities including, for example public talks and discussions, engagements in festivals and popular and specialist media.

Management and Leadership
• Experience of managing staff
• Experience of project management