Research Fellow in Genetic Epidemiology

Job title: Research Fellow in Genetic Epidemiology

Company: University College London

Job description: About usThe UCL Division of Psychiatry, located within the Faculty of Brain Sciences, is a world-renowned centre of excellence in mental health research. Our mission is to improve mental health through cutting-edge research and education. By leveraging insights from basic science, we address clinical problems with the aim of improving patient outcomes and public health. Moreover, we take pride in delivering innovative teaching that is directly relevant to clinical practice and informed by our research. Join our team and help us drive forward the field of mental health research and education.This position focuses on research related to diversity in genomics. Individuals with non-European ancestry are currently severely under-represented in genetic research. Increased diversity in research is crucial to reduce national and global health inequalities. Our group has produced some of the leading research in this area.About the roleThis postdoc position aims to seek novel genetic associations, assess the transferability of established loci and characterise the genetic architecture in different populations. The work will cover projects across different outcomes, including sickle cell disease, ageing and depression. Data resources include unique in-house cohorts, as well as the 100K Genomes Project and Genes & Health.The successful candidate will join the Mental Health Neuroscience Research Department and the UCL Genetics Institute, offering a diverse and stimulating research environment with great opportunities for training and career development.The main purpose of the job will be to leverage the unique characteristics of diverse populations to gain a better understanding of the causes of diseases and assess or develop novel methods to carry out genetic research in diverse populations.Appointment details:

  • The post is graded on UCL grade 7, spine point 30 (£42,099 per annum including London Allowance).
  • The appointment is funded for 1.5 years in the first instance.

About youCandidates with a background in statistical genetics, genetic epidemiology, population genetics, genetics of human diseases or bioinformatics are invited to apply. Candidates should hold a PhD in one of these areas or have an equivalent level of experience, such as work experience as a research scientist. Scientific curiosity is key to this role. Candidates also need to have statistical and computational skills in analysing and interpreting genetic data. Knowledge of genetics and experience working with next generation sequencing would be an advantage.Application process:

  • A full job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.
  • Please use the personal statement section to explain how you meet each essential and desirable criteria outlined in the person specification.
  • Please do not upload your photograph on your application/CV.

Contact details:

  • If you have any queries about the role, please contact Professor Karoline Kuchenbaecker at
  • If you need reasonable adjustments or a more accessible format to apply for this job online or have any queries about the application process, please contact

What we offerAs well as the exciting opportunities this role presents we also offer some great benefits some of which are below:

  • 41 Days holiday (including 27 days annual leave 8 bank holiday and 6 closure days)
  • Defined benefit career average revalued earnings pension scheme (CARE)
  • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
  • On-Site nursery
  • On-site gym
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption pay
  • Employee assistance programme: Staff Support Service
  • Discounted medical insurance

The full range of staff benefits can be found here:Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and InclusionAs 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; LGBTQI+ people; and for our Grade 9 and 10 roles, women.The Division of Psychiatry prides itself for operating in an all-inclusive environment. Teamwork is highly valued, individual strengths are recognised and celebrated, and there is a commitment to advancing the careers of everyone, regardless of gender or role. We aim to provide a family friendly environment where both women and men feel able to take the time they need for family. The Athena SWAN Charter recognises commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia and the Division is delighted to have an Athena Swan Silver Award since 2022. All staff are invited to contribute to EDI initiatives within the Division to contribute to improving working conditions and opportunities for all. Mentoring is a crucial part of supporting career progression and mentoring schemes are available for staff in the Division.You can read more about our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion here:Available documents

Expected salary: £42099 per year

Location: North West London

Job date: Tue, 16 Apr 2024 22:46:37 GMT

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