Research Associate

Cardiff, Wales
33,797 - 40,322
Jun 17, 2020
Jul 17, 2020
Medicine, Medical
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Associate 
UK Dementia Research Institute
Cardiff University School of Medicine
College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is a £290 million investment into dementia research funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), alongside founding charity partners, the Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Research UK. 
The UK DRI at Cardiff is one of 7 UK centres bringing together world-leading scientists to deliver a step-change in the scientific understanding of dementia, generating new targets for drug development, reinvigorating the therapeutic pipeline and helping to transform care. Our strategy is to build upon research strengths in dementia genetics, immunology, computational analytics, cellular and whole system modelling and neuroimaging to identify disease mechanisms and therapies for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntingdon's disease and other dementias.

As part of our continued growth, a new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a Research Associate, to join the UK DRI at Cardiff. The selected candidate will join the team of Prof Philip Taylor (informal enquiries to, who is investigating the role of specific genes implicated in the risk of, or protection from, Alzheimer's disease in in vivo models of disease. 
The successful candidate will have a PhD (or nearing completion / submission) in a relevant subject area or relevant industrial experience, and will conduct research within the specialist areas of neuroinflammation/neuroscience/immunology. 
There are two positions available. One will focus on the study of in vivo models of Alzheimer's disease, microglia and synapse biology, in a collaborative project with Dr. Soyon Hong (UCL). The second will focus on the study of in vivo models of Alzheimer's disease and microglial cell biology studied through single cell transcriptomic and spatial transcriptomic approaches.
We aim to recruit forward- and outward-facing, motivated, passionate individuals who will stimulate new thinking with progressive and inclusive approaches.  We are committed to employing people who will bring difference in background, approach, identity and experiences.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) is available from 1st October 2020 and is fixed term for two years.

Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)

Date advert posted: Monday, 29 June 2020

Closing Date: Thursday, 16 July 2020
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.


Job Description:
Main function
To conduct research within area of Alzheimer's disease and neuroimmunology and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


• To conduct research within area of Alzheimer's disease and neuroimmunology and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students. 
• To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
• To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required
• To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
• To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate
• To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
• To participate in School research activities.
• To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects

• To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School's profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Additional Information:
IMPORTANT: Evidencing Criteria
It is the School of Medicine's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 9873BR.

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.

Person Specification:
Essential Criteria
Qualifications and Education

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level (or nearing completion / submission) in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within the following research fields:
i. Immunology and/or neuroscience
ii. Imaging or 'omic/molecular biology technologies
iii. In vivo biology (particularly rodent)

3. Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field
4. Proven ability to publish in national/international journals
5. Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies

Communication and Team Working

6. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
7. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals


8. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
9. Proven ability to work without close supervision
Desirable Criteria
10. Experience in the following:
- immune techniques,
- transcriptomics and advanced molecular biology,
- in vivo biology/use of in vivo models,
- imaging techniques and image analysis
11.  Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community.