Current Ear Institute Job Vacancies

The UCL Ear Institute provides state-of-the-art research facilities across a wide range of disciplines including the study of the auditory system function and associated technologies, the molecular and cellular basis of hearing and the genetics of hearing and deafness. If you wish to join the Ear Institute, the following positions are currently available:

PhD Studentship - Establishing a Drosophila model for noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL)

Stipend: £17,000

Applications are invited for a 3-year PhD studentship commencing September 25th 2014, funded by Action on Hearing Loss, UK. The studentship provides a tax-free stipend (£17,000 increasing annually by £500 to £18,000 in year 3) in addition to covering tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.

Studentship Description

The neurobiology of acoustic trauma, one of the major causes of deafness and tinnitus in humans, is only poorly understood. Most of the molecular and cellular events triggered by the exposure to damagingly high sound levels are still unknown. To identify, characterize and quantify the effects of acoustic trauma on distinct stages of the auditory chain, this PhD project will apply, and extend, a recently devised Drosophila acoustic trauma/NIHL model (see Christie et al 2013). In this project the student will use a number of different techniques, including laser vibrometry, electrophysiological recording, confocal imaging, electron microscopy and computational biomechanics to investigate the effect of acoustic trauma on the fly’s hearing organ. A particular focus will be on the effects of trauma on mechanotransduction in different sensory cell types within the fly’s antennal ear; on sensory cell processing and signal transformation; on intracellular calcium signals in neurons and support cells and on mitochondrial function. There is also the potential to test the efficacy of various transgenic intervention techniques (e.g. adult-specific RNAi- or micro-RNA- mediated gene knockdown) to prevent, or accelerate, noise-induced hearing loss.

The UCL Ear Institute (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ear) opened in 2005. It is one of the world’s leading research centres studying all aspects of hearing and deafness. It contains state-of-the-art facilities required for excellent research.

Person Specification

Successful applicants are expected to have a proven track record of academic excellence, having or expecting to obtain at least an upper second class Honours degree or a Master’s degree (Merit or Distinction) in a relevant subject. Prior knowledge in Drosophila neurobiology will be of advantage but is no requirement. Priority will be given to academic excellence.


Due to funding restrictions the post is only open to UK/EU citizens.

How to apply

  • Informal enquiries and formal applications should be directed to joerg.albert@ucl.ac.uk.
  • Formal applications should include a CV (including a list of referees) and a covering letter outlining the motivation, interest and suitability for the project.
  • Early applications are advisable.

Closing date for applications is 1 May 2014 (Interviews to take place in June)

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Christie KW, Sivan-Loukianova E, Smith WC, Aldrich BT, Schon MA, Roy M, Lear BC, Eberl DF (2013) Physiological, anatomical, and behavioral changes after acoustic trauma in Drosophila melanogaster. P Natl Acad Sci USA 110:15449-15454

UCL Sensory Systems and Therapies Fellowships in Stem Cell Biology of the Ear and the Eye (Ref:1404791)

UCL Department/Division

UCL Ear Institute and The Institute of Ophthalmology, in the Faculty of Brain Sciences


Full Time

Salary (Inclusive of London Allowance)

Grade 8: £40,618 - £47,915 per annum, starting salary depending on experience

Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for two new Fellowship positions in Stem Cell Biology at the UCL Ear Institute and the Institute of Ophthalmology. The Institutes provide state-of-the-art facilities and expertise in a wide range of disciplines related to hearing, deafness, vision and blindness including: genetics, molecular and cell biology, biophysics, systems and computational neuroscience and regenerative medicine. We would now like to recruit in the area of Stem Cell Biology, with a particular focus on induced Pluripotent Stem Cells. The two Fellows will form the foundation of a new cross-Institute and Faculty research initiative focused on iPSC approaches to regenerative medicine. The posts form part of a Faculty initiative in Sensory Systems and Therapies.

Each Fellowship includes up to three years’ salary costs for a Research Technician post and initial research costs. During the tenure of the award, Fellows will be supported to obtain a competitive external fellowship and/or secure substantial peer-reviewed funding. All appropriate support will be made available to the appointee to incorporate his or her own research programme into the Institute. In addition, a critical feature of both Institute’s research strategies is to engage with industrial and other partners to develop the translational research agenda, and, to this end, the successful candidates will be expected to collaborate with existing members to enhance the Institute’s research partnerships with industry.

Key Requirements

Successful candidates will be expected to have (i) a PhD (or MD and laboratory experience), (ii) a strong publication record, (iii) a novel and challenging research agenda, (iv) demonstrable creativity and (v) clear leadership potential.

Further Details

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr Jonathan Gale (Ear Institute) or Dr Rachael Pearson (Institute of Ophthalmology).

If you have queries regarding the application process please contact Sarah Harris or Cheryl Overington.

  • Please click here for further details and for how to apply.

Closing Date: 05/05/2014 at 11.59pm.

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Lecturer in Audiology (Maternity Cover), Ref:1409232

Hours per week: 0.6 FTE
Grade 8: £40,618 - £47,915 per annum (Salary pro-rata for part time vacancies )

The UCL Ear Institute is a premier research and teaching institute for audiology and ENT in the UK. The UCL Ear Institute is closely associated with the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital which offers many advantages for teaching and research by providing an excellent infrastructure and patient base. The Institute is seeking a Lecturer in Audiology to be module co-ordinator, lead clinical tutor and lecturer for all the modules in Paediatric Audiology across all programmes.  The post holder will liaise with all relevant stakeholders, monitoring of student progress, developing new teaching materials and preparing and marking practical and theoretical examinations and assessments. She/he will be expected to provide tutorial and pastoral support for students.

This appointment is to provide Maternity Cover and will be from May 2014 until March 2015 in the first instance.

Key Requirements

The post-holder will be a graduate Audiologist/Clinical Scientist with clinical experience in paediatric audiology. They will be registered with the RCCP or equivalent.  A thorough understanding of the roles of hearing professionals within the UK healthcare system is essential, as well as experience of dissemination of teaching and learning developments via clinical groups, conference presentations or peer reviewed or professional journals. The post holder will also have extensive clinical experience in the NHS or other healthcare sector, with evidence of specialism in clinical subject, an understanding of Quality Assurance and course design within an HEI setting.

Further Details

A job description and full person specification can be accessed at the UCL Jobs website (follow the link for applicants below). Applicants can contact Dr Priya Singh (priya.singh@ucl.ac.uk) for an informal discussion of the role.

If you have any queries about the vacancy please contact Robert Heller, (tel: 020 7679 8966) or Cheryl Overington, (tel: 020 7679 8910).

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