UCL Institute of Ophthalmology


Research Fellow to work in the van der Spuy Lab

10 June 2022


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Duties and responsibilities

The successful applicant will be working at the cutting edge of advanced therapeutics with leading experts in translational medicine and stem cells, with the project led by Professor Jacqueline van der Spuy.

The aim of the project is to model and develop a new antisense oligonucleotide therapy for juvenile macular dystrophy, an incurable disease that leads to the impairment of central vision in children and young adults. The post would suit an ambitious and dedicated individual with expertise in cell and molecular biology, as well as knowledge or expertise in stem cell biology and CRISPR-based gene editing.

The position is funded by the Macular Society until 16 August 2024 in the first instance.

Key requirements

The successful applicant will have a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant subject, an interest in learning new skills in a high-quality research environment, and the ability to work collaboratively within a large team with a proven track record in the publication of high-quality research. (S)he will have advanced expertise in molecular and cell biology as well as biochemical techniques. Knowledge or experience of stem cell biology, CRISPR-based gene editing technologies and antisense oligonucleotide therapies are desirable. Knowledge of the biology of the eye and vision is not essential, but the candidate must be willing to learn aspects relevant to their work.

Further Details

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact Jacqueline van der Spuy.

Closing dates

3 July 2022.

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