Research Fellow in Spinal Cord Injury

Leeds, United Kingdom
£33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
End of advertisement period
Tuesday, 19 November 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in spinal cord injury? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

A glycan enriched structure called perineuronal net (PNN) acts as a plasticity break in the adult nervous system. We have previously demonstrated that PNN removal in the central nervous system enhances plasticity. This project aims to investigate the effect of maximising plasticity in promoting spinal cord regeneration, with a new generation of compounds we have recently developed. We shall combine biochemical, anatomical and behavioural techniques in studying the underlying changes and mechanism associated with such improvement.

You should have a PhD (or close to completion) in neuroscience or a closely allied discipline with experience in spinal cord injury models, behavioural assessments, immunohistochemistry, 3-D lightsheet imaging and lesion volume quantification.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was reawarded a Bronze award in 2017.  We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Dr Jessica Kwok, University Academic Fellow in the School of Biomedical Sciences

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 9802, Email:

Location:     Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:     Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:     School of Biomedical Sciences
Category:     Research
Grade:     Grade 7
Salary:     £33,797 to £40,322 p.a.
Due to funding restrictions it is unlikely that any appointment will be made above £33,797 p.a.
Working Time:     37.5 hours per week
Post Type:     Full Time
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (8 months. Available from 1 December 2019)
Release Date:     Tuesday 12 November 2019
Closing Date:     Tuesday 19 November 2019
Downloads:     Candidate Brief