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All Seminars are held in the Gavin De Beer Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Thursday 1-2pm (unless otherwise stated)

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The Seminar series will resume in September. Please check back for details. 

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Job Vacancies

CDB Current vacancies within the UCL Research Dept of Cell and Developmental Biology are listed below.

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Applications are considered from August to September each year.


UCL Excellence Fellowship: Call for applications in Cell and Developmental Biology.

The Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology (CDB) is seeking applicants for UCL’s Excellence Fellowship Programme. This programme aims to recruit the highest calibre early career researchers from across the globe, supporting them to establish their independent career and become the research leaders of the future. Three fellowships are available in 2016 tenable across the School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS). They are highly competitive posts for a fixed term duration of three years, and provide salary and research support costs for the fellow.

CDB was cited in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment as containing, uniquely within the Division of Biosciences, “an exceptional proportion of world-leading research”. CDB has a recent Nobel Prize winner on staff as well as several Fellows of the Royal Society and Academy of Medical Sciences. CDB is a diverse department with research areas that include neuroscience, circadian biology, palaeobiology, stem cell biology, mitochondrial and developmental biology and the genetics of model systems such as Drosophila, C. elegans, zebrafish and mouse.

Fellowships will be awarded to the highest calibre candidates who are able to demonstrate an exceptional track record in relation to their career stage and the potential to submit competitive fellowship or personal award proposals at an early stage of the Excellence Fellowship.


There are no restrictions on nationality; however, you will be required to provide evidence of your eligibility to work in the UK before commencing any fellowship offered. Women are under-represented in CDB. Therefore we strongly encourage applications from female researchers as part of an ongoing commitment to gender equality.

Fellowships are available to clinical and non-clinical candidates who have not yet established an independent research career. Candidates should have been awarded a PhD or equivalent research-related degree prior to application.

NB: The fellowship offers salary and research funding, as well as generous funding supplements for individuals transferring existing, externally funded fellowships to UCL. Excellence Fellows who are not already holding awards are expected to apply to externally funded schemes, including ERC, Royal Society,NERC, BBSRC, and Wellcome Trust. This requires that Excellence Fellowship applicants are eligible and competitive for these awards.


Candidates must identify a senior academic from within CDB who will commit to sponsoring their application and assure provision of research space, resources and facilities. A letter with appropriate sponsor, Departmental, and Divisional signatures is required as part of the application. Preliminary applications, including a CV, a one-page research proposal and confirmation of the agreement from a sponsor, should be sent to Prof. David Whitmore (d.whitmore@ucl.ac.uk) for review, no later than Friday July 29th, 2016 with a view to a final application being submitted by the 29th August, 2016.

CDB seeks to further strengthen its main areas of research, as listed below, along with a lead contact for further information and support:

Neuroscience – Prof Patricia Salinas (p.salinas@ucl.ac.uk)  

Development – Prof Stephen Price (stephen.price@ucl.ac.uk)  

Systems Biology – Dr Chris Barnes (christopher.barnes@ucl.ac.uk)  

Cell signalling – Prof Sandip Patel (patel.s@ucl.ac.uk)  

Palaeobiology – Prof Susan Evans (s.e.evans@ucl.ac.uk)  

Mitochondrial biology and metabolic disease – Prof Michael Duchen (m.duchen@ucl.ac.uk)  

Genetics of model systems – Dr Jason Rihel (j.rihel@ucl.ac.uk)

For full information on the scheme and application process visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/slms/research/excellence-fellowship/

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