UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


New Research Fellow vacancy at IoO

31 July 2020

There is an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join a vibrant and multidisciplinary research team to explore a new gene editing platform for retinal diseases.

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Job Details

The post would suit an ambitious individual with strong expertise and a deep understanding of advances in gene editing technologies and delivery platforms and their application to human disease. The candidate will use stem cell technology to model retinal disease, adeno-associated viral systems for delivery of the editing platform, and next generation sequencing technologies to validate the results.

The appointed individual will join a research team at UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, led by Dr Jacqueline van der Spuy with Professor Mike Cheetham, and will also work closely with collaborators at the Centre for Innovative Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Portugal.

The position is funded by Fight for Sight for a period of three years in the first instance.


15 August. 

Key Requirements

The successful applicant will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, excellent communication skills and an interest in learning new skills in a high-quality research environment. (S)he will have advanced skills in molecular and cell biology, a deep understanding and experience of gene editing platforms, and the skills repertoire associated with this technology and its application. Knowledge of the biology of the eye and vision as well as inherited retinal diseases is not essential, but the candidate must be willing to learn aspects relevant to their work.

Further Details

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Dr Jacqueline van der Spuy (email: j.spuy@ucl.ac.uk).  

If you have any enquiries regarding the application process please email: hr.ioo@ucl.ac.uk

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