Ref: 6361


London, UK

Role Managed by:

Dr Urvashi Ramphul


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Primary Practice Group: Higher Education and Research

Salary & Benefits: Competitive for the role

Closing Date: 13/03/2023

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Dementia represents one of the toughest medical and economic challenges facing society today. One in four hospital beds in the UK is currently occupied by someone with dementia. The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the UK’s national institute dedicated to stopping dementia in its tracks - we do original, ground-breaking discovery research that will transform lives. It is an exciting time for us, having achieved great success in our first few years, and looking to the future with optimism, solid financial support and an imminent move to a new building.

Founded in 2017 with an unprecedented investment by the UK Government through the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the support and partnership of the MRC, Alzheimer’s Research UK and the Alzheimer’s Society, we are working to understand neurodegeneration in all its forms, with an emphasis on defining the earliest biochemical, molecular and cellular phases of disease, the mechanisms underlying its progression, and the factors that influence risk, resilience and disease progression. Our mission is to generate knowledge and transform it into real-world tools, diagnostics and treatments. We have quickly become internationally renowned for our expertise across biomedical, care   and   translational  dementia   research,  and  have  already   made  many   important contributions to the field, making us one of the most cited research institutes in the field globally.

Having recently reached our 5-year milestone, we are proud that a panel of international peers who undertook an exhaustive review of every element of the Institute, classed the UK DRI as “excellent” on all counts. On the basis of this review the MRC has increased its core funding investment in our work, setting us up for the next phase of exciting, innovative and impactful science.

It is in this context that we are now seeking a new Director to build on our success and take the Institute into the future.  The new Director will engage with a variety of key stakeholders including DRI’s partners, government and industry to enhance DRI’s research and impact and accelerate translation.

The successful candidate will bring an outstanding international reputation in a related research field and demonstrable leadership and management experience. They will have experience in complex stakeholder environments and working in collaboration with higher education and research partners, charities, industry, health systems and government.

The appointed candidate will be employed by UCL and be in the unique position of taking advantage of UCL’s new translational neuroscience development at 256 Grays Inn Road which is due for completion in July 2024. The facility will provide a technologically advanced research environment with shared facilities and flexible space. It represents a major new investment into core technologies, equipment, and services. More detail on this can be found here.

Applications should consist of a full curriculum vitae detailing professional qualifications and experience, accompanied by a covering letter describing briefly the candidate’s vision for the role, why the appointment is of interest, and what they believe they can bring to the role.

To apply, please see please visit  quoting reference 6361.

The closing date for applications is 9am (GMT) on Monday 13th March 2023.

Salary: Competitive for the role.

Location: London

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