Job ID: 116965

Research Associate in Circadian Biology – UK Dementia Research Institute- Reference MED04214

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 23 November 2023

Contract Length: 2 years initially

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

Institution: Imperial College London

Department: Brain Sciences


he Brancaccio Lab invites applications from talented, highly motivated and creative postdoctoral scientists to take a leading role in the following project investigating molecular cellular and circuit mechanisms driving dysfunction of the sleep-wake cycle in pre-clinical models of Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

Establishment of an integrated platform for live imaging of sleep-wake cycles in the mouse brain in health and neurodegeneration.

The main goal of this project is to gain a deep understanding of the relationship between sleep-wake cycles and cognitive function in both healthy brains and those affected by neurodegenerative diseases. We will use techniques such as live imaging of neuronal activity, sleep monitoring, single-cell omics approaches, and viral-mediated somatic gene editing in these mouse models. This project is part of a significant initiative supported by the Michael Uren Foundation and the UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI), with the aim of developing new translational approaches for the treatment and prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. [Link:]

Please contact Dr Marco Brancaccio for further discussion about the projects and roles.

This role is part of the UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial College London, located in the Department of Brain Sciences.  Postdocs in the UK DRI at Imperial enjoy excellent career development opportunities with:

  • Access to a range of cutting-edge technologies.
  • An inclusive and collegial working environment.
  • Strong national links through the UK DRI with attendance at its annual scientific meeting ‘Connectome’.
  • Support from the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre (PFDC) and Imperial and UK DRI ECR Communities.
  • The opportunity to mentor, supervise and teach students.

Duties and responsibilities

As a Research Associate in the UK DRI, you will:

  • Build on your existing skills and experience to address this project independently.
  • Present research findings as written reports, at conferences, within the College and as published manuscripts.
  • Take initiative in the planning of research, with clear and timely communications to the Group Leader and relevant researchers.
  • Provide guidance to staff and assist in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students, as required.
  • Maintain highly organised and accurate records of experimental work.

Essential requirements


You will be a motivated and organised researcher, excited by the science we do.

You will hold (or be near completion of) a PhD in neuroscience (or related discipline). Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £40,694 – £43,888 per annum.

Experience of one or more laboratory techniques including brain surgery, EEG recording, live imaging microscopy and advanced molecular biology (e.g., cloning, design and production of viral vector, CRISPR/Cas9 and/or RNAi functional interference) in mouse models.

Experience of one or more software packages is essential: MATLAB, ImageJ, SigmaPlot, Prism, R, as is experience in statistical analysis.

Practical experience with RNAseq, RNA scope, and spatial transcriptomic techniques is highly desirable, but not essential.

Experience with multivariate statistical analysis of (circadian) time series is highly desirable, but not essential.


Further information

This position is offered on a full-time basis, initially for a period of two years with the expectation for renewal. This post is based at Imperial’s Hammersmith Campus.


About Imperial College London

Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.

You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.

We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.

It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.

Additional information

Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Imperial College is committed to equality of opportunity and to eliminating discrimination. All employees are expected to follow the Imperial Values & Behaviours framework. Our values are:

  • Respect
  • Collaboration
  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Innovation

In addition to the above, employees are required to observe and comply with all College policies and regulations.

We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender reassignment, sex, or sexual orientation. We are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Disability Confident Leader and a Stonewall Diversity Champion.

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