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Research Fellow in Neuroimmunology (Medical Research Council)

Biological Sciences Research

Location:  Southampton General Hospital
Salary:   £31,076
Full Time, Fixed Term (3 years)
Closing Date:  Thursday 29 June 2017
Interview Date:   Monday 24 July 2017
Reference:  877117BJ

Applications are invited for a Research Fellow to join Dr. Gomez-Nicola’s team ( to study the role of neuroinflammation in chronic neurodegeneration using animal models that mimic different aspects of Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology.  Experience in areas related to neuroscience or neuroimmunology is essential. 

You will have a PhD or equivalent professional qualification and laboratory experience in a relevant area, with a strong neuroscience or neuroimmunology component. Having previous experience with in vivo models of neurodegeneration will be advantageous. You should be an enthusiastic and well-motivated scientist, capable of contributing substantially to developing your own research project, a good team-worker and an excellent communicator.

Our team is interested in the study of microglial cells, the brain’s resident macrophages, in health and disease. In particular, we aim to understand and target the activation of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease, as a critical contributor to disease progression. This project is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), aimed at characterising the contribution of microglial cells to the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

This post offers an opportunity to gain experience of diverse techniques working in a research team within an exciting multi-disciplinary research environment. 

The University of Southampton provides an outstanding environment for research on neuroscience. The research group is part of the Alzheimer’s Research UK South Coast Network and the Southampton Neuroscience Group (SoNG), and is integrated across the disciplines of biology and medicine including laboratories with clinical and non-clinical expertise.

The post is available for a period of 3 years. Interviews are likely to be held in July. Informal inquires can be made to Dr Gomez-Nicola (

This post can be offered on a part-time / job share basis.

Please note, due to the UKVI minimum salary threshold, only full – time roles are eligible for the Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon completion of PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given. 

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Anna Shikhareva (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 9002. Please quote vacancy reference number 877117BJ on all correspondence.

The University of Southampton holds an Athena Swan Silver Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine.  Biological Sciences is able to provide flexible working opportunities in a part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.

The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts.

  Athena SWAN Bronze Award holder: Centre for Biological Sciences

The closing date for this job opportunity has now passed, and applications are no longer being accepted for this position

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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