Applications invited for Clinical Research Associate position, UCL, Queen Square

Applications are invited for two Clinical Research Associate positions in the Department of Molecular Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology, to join a research group as part of the project “Tracking disease progression in the inherited ataxias to allow identification of novel biomarkers for use in clinical trials”. This study aims to investigate biomarkers using novel biochemical and state of the art imaging methods and will plot the natural history of these conditions in a large cohort of patients from three specialist ataxia centres over a protracted time course. The group will investigate if any of these putative markers provide a good correlation with disease progression thus enabling them to be utilised as biomarkers in future clinical trials. The appointee will be given training in the clinical assessment of the ataxias as well as interpreting a variety of imaging modalities and new biochemical biomarkers

Applicants should be a registered Medical Practitioner, have completed general medical training and hold MRCP or equivalent. Experience in Neurology (clinical or research) and lumbar puncture technique is essential, as are excellent organisational skills, and good interpersonal skills with an ability to work cooperatively in a multidisciplinary setting. A very high level of consideration and care for patients and research subjects is also a requirement.  Knowledge of genetics and genetics research is desirable.

The post is available immediately and is funded for three years in the first instance by grants from the MRC and NIHR. Starting salary on the UCL CL7 scale £34,249 pa including London Allowance, superannuable.

The closing date for application is 23rd May 2016

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment  where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1549071 and ref: 1545391
For further information please click the link to follow CRA positions in Molecular Neuroscience UCL Institute of Neurology

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Clinical Research Associate, - Ref:1549071 
Clinical Research Associate, - Ref:1545391

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, Personnel Officer, UCL Institute of Neurology (email:

Informal enquiries may be made to Dr P Giunti (email: 

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