Join us

We're recruiting!

Join Us Page Image 1

Since launching in 2017, our institute has rapidly grown to over 350 researchers and 150 students, but we have space for many more as we grow the capacity in the field.

We’re looking for brilliant people who will help transform the range and pace of research on dementia. You’ll be supported by the very best tools and resources and join a culture that encourages high risk/reward science and sharing of ideas.

Together our teams create a vibrant, ambitious and interactive neuroscience community. We're seeking programme leaders, research associates, post-docs and other roles to fill our teams across our seven centres, as well as our operational headquarters team (based at UCL).

For recruitment enquiries, please contact us on enquiries@ukdri.ac.uk or 020 3108 6538.

Explore all jobs

UK DRI at Imperial College London

From sleep to the microbiome: bringing new approaches and research tools to the study of dementia to discover new disease mechanisms and therapeutic targets.

  • Specialisms at Imperial College London
  • Neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration
  • Epigenomic influences on risks and progression of dementia
  • Roles of the microbiome in cognition and neurodegeneration
  • Circadian neurobiology and mechanisms of neurodegeneration
  • Neurotechnologies for targeted neuronal and glial modulation
  • Read more about Imperial College London

    UK DRI at Imperial College London has innovation as its theme. This draws on the university’s unique strengths and focus on science, engineering, medicine and business. Led by Professor Paul Matthews, the research team brings novel, cutting edge approaches and research tools to the study of dementia to discover new disease mechanisms and therapeutic targets. They will initially focus on the earliest pre-symptomatic stages of Alzheimer’s disease, addressing what determines the transition to neurodegeneration, but will investigate mechanisms that are likely shared across many of the dementias.

    With access to large, well characterised longitudinal cohorts the team will explore causes of individual variation in dementia within populations, looking at changes that occur across the lifespan and specifically addressing metabolic factors, the relationship with microorganisms in gut (the microbiome) and the role of sleep. The team will use a range of resources including Dementias Platform UK and the MRC-NIHR National Phenome Centre.

    UK DRI at Imperial College London will be located at the White City campus Hammersmith, London, in the Sir Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub due to be completed in 2019, alongside Imperial’s translation and innovation ‘I-HUB’.

Apply for latest jobs at Imperial College London

  • Research Associate (Neurogenomics), UK DRI at Imperial - Skene Lab

    The UK DRI at Imperial is seeking an outstanding post-doctoral Research Associate interested in taking on a challenging role with considerable scope for independent scientific achievement and personal growth. The fellowship programme of Dr Nathan Skene is focused on identifying mechanisms through which complex genetic variation drives susceptibility for neurodegenerative diseases in specific cell types and at particular life stages. You will help define specific research programmes within this remit and undertake these in conjunction with colleagues in multi-disciplinary teams. Considerable independence is expected, with anticipation of a growing leadership role. You will be ambitious, with the passion to tackle big problems and a readiness to try out high-risk, high-payoff projects. Exceptional prior experience with genomics methods and a background in neurobiology will be assets. You will be responsible for data analysis and visualisation as well as development of new computational methods for processing and analysis of large-scale omics data. We set high standards for reproducibility of research and you will be expected to maintain your code on GitHub, develop containers and write workflows. Ref: MED01750, Closing date: 15 April (N.B. Deadline was extended from 2 April)

    Apply to centre

Group leaders

We have over 50 group leaders working across the institute, and are always seeking to fill more of these positions on a rolling basis - please contact your centre of interest to discuss opportunities further.

As a professor or fellow at one of the seven UK DRI centres, you would lead a group of postdoctoral fellows, PhD students and technical support staff. Directing activities on a local level and feeding into the organisation’s wider mission, you would provide the intellectual energy and independent thinking necessary to lead cutting-edge research, shaping the overall aims and achievements of your group.


To be successful, you should have a proven track record of internationally competitive scientific research and persuasive plans for a new and exciting UK DRI core programme. In return, the institute offers a five-year research programme package of up to £3 million for a professor and up to £1.5 million for a fellow. Recruiting UK DRI centres are offering competitive salaries. Programme leaders will be employees of the university hosting the UK DRI centre and will be employed under the standard employment terms and conditions of that university.

The UK DRI welcomes scientists from all disciplines. We encourage you to consider the specialisms across the institute and have a discussion with the associate director of your centre of interest. You will submit one application directly to your preferred UK DRI centre, which will be strongly considered at selection stage by the institute as a whole.

Group leader recruitment pack

Postdoctoral researchers, research assistants and technicians

Our UK DRI centres are filling positions within their programmes. The institute offers interdisciplinary training and cutting-edge resources, with innovation at its heart.

We continuously have opportunities at all levels. Please explore within each centre to see roles that are open to join our ambitious and interactive community.

Founding funders

Latest tweets from @UKDRI

RT @KingsIoPPN: Maintaining health and #wellbeing during the #COVID19 pandemic An online public event by @Kingspsychol 📆 Thursday 2 Apri…
30 Mar 2020 15:26

RT @dem_researcher: Its new podcast day! Download the background to your day here on Spotify https://t.co/BqOedW4CR5 https://t.co/f7FHZKfNWX
30 Mar 2020 11:30