UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Join the Institute of Ophthalmology as a Research Fellow

11 November 2019

Applications are invited for the role of Research Fellow at UCL's Institute of Ophthalmology. Apply by 25 November 2019.

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Duties and responsibilities

There is an opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher to work as part of a multidisciplinary team comprising scientists, clinicians and biotech collaborators to explore mechanisms of corneal endothelial dystrophy (CED)-associated pathophysiology and facilitate the development of new diagnostic methods and innovative therapies.

Corneal endothelial dystrophies (CEDs) are a group of clinically and genetically heterogeneous disorders that can lead to bilateral severely impaired vision or blindness due to dysfunction of the corneal endothelium. CEDs include the common age-related disorder Fuchs endothelial corneal dystrophy (FECD) and the rarer autosomal dominant condition posterior polymorphous corneal dystrophy (PPCD). FECD alone is estimated to affect more than 4.5% of people >50 years of age leading to more than 1,000 corneal transplants each year in the UK and is the only treatment option available to patients with advanced CEDs. New and innovative treatment options are urgently required for this disease group.

The appointed individual will join a collaborative team, led by Dr Alice Davidson, and they will primarily be focused on investigating the pathophysiology of a triplet-repeat (CTG18.1) associated form of FECD. The position is funded by UKRI for 3 years in the first instance. 

Key Requirements

The successful applicant should have a PhD in a relevant subject, excellent communication skills, and show a strong commitment to high quality research. Research experience and knowledge of genetics and cell biology is essential. Previous experience with a broad range of genetic, functional genomic and cell biology-based techniques is highly desirable.  Full training will be provided, where necessary.

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Further Details

Closing date for applications

25 November 2019, 11:59 pm

Interview date


UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award, in recognition of our commitment to advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Academic Staff.