Research Fellow

    About us

    UCL is one of the world's top universities based in the heart of London. It is a modern, outward-looking institution. UCL's staff and former students have included 30 Nobel prizewinners. It is a truly international community: more than one-third of our student body – more than 51,000 strong – come from 150 countries and over one-third of staff are from outside the UK.

    The Francis Crick Institute is the biggest biomedical research facility under in one building in Europe. Its vision for excellence includes commitments to collaboration; developing emerging talent and exporting it the rest of the UK; public engagement; and helping turn discoveries into treatments as quickly as possible to improve lives and strengthen the economy.

    About the role

    We are a group of biologists, physicists and engineers at the Francis Crick Institute, world-top biomedical discovery centre and UCL. We are also embedded in the interdisciplinary environments of the Crick, Institute of the Physics of Living Systems and Biophysical group at the Department of Physics and Astronomy of UCL.

    You will join Maxim Molodtsov’s laboratory that investigates molecular mechanisms underlying organization of chromosomes and genomes during the cell cycle:;

    The aim of this project is to investigate how multiple cohesin protein complexes integrate their activities with other molecules to shape chromatin architecture. You will become part of interdisciplinary team that develops methods to manipulate individual molecules and investigate their activity at the mechanistic level.

    This position is funded for 3.5 years in the first instance.

    Candidates will need to upload a CV (including a list of publications), and the contact information for two references. A cover letter should be included using the “Statement in Support of your Application” section of the online form.

    About you

    The successful applicant will have a PhD in molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics or a related field. Candidates should have experience working with recombinant proteins and using microscopy (e.g. TIRF/confocal microscopy). The role-holder should also have excellent written and verbal communication and experience in data analysis, interpretation, and presentation of results.

    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 £37,332 - 39,980 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

    What we offer

    As well as the exciting opportunities this role presents, we also offer great benefits. Please visit to find out more.

    Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

    As London’s Global University, we know diversity fosters creativity and innovation, and we want our community to represent the diversity of the world’s talent. We are committed to equality of opportunity, to being fair and inclusive, and to being a place where we all belong.

    We therefore particularly encourage applications from candidates who are likely to be underrepresented in UCL’s workforce.

    These include people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds; disabled people and LGBTQI+ people.

    You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here :

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