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  1. 1. UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGY (Queen Square) LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN MOTOR NEUROSCIENCE The Institute of Neurology, UCL. The Institute of Neurology is a specialist postgraduate medical Institute of University College London. The Institute is closely associated in its work with the National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, University College London Hospitals' NHS Trust, and in combination they form a national and international centre at Queen Square for teaching, training and research in neurology and allied clinical and basic neurosciences. The Institute has 7 academic departments encompassing clinical and basic research within in each theme: Neurodegenerative Disease; Molecular Neuroscience; Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy; Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders; Imaging Neuroscience; Headache, Brain Injury and Rehabilitation; and Neuroinflammation. In parallel there are 7 divisions representing professional affiliations: Clinical Neurology; Neurosurgery; Neurophysiology; Neuropathology; Neurochemistry; Neuropsychiatry and Neuropsychology; and Neuroradiology and Neurophysics. The Institute employs a total of around 355 staff, occupies some 11,500sq m of laboratory and office space in five buildings, and has a current annual turnover of £25m. The Institute receives over £10m per annum in grants for research from the principal medical charities concerned with neurological diseases, and from government agencies such as the Medical Research Council. Approximately 16% of the Institute's funding is obtained from the Higher Education Funding Council for England which has awarded high ratings for the Institute in each of the national Research Assessment Exercises since 1986. The Institute currently holds some 136 active grants, with a total value of £15.5 m, supporting research into the causes and treatment of a wide range of neurological diseases, including movement disorders, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy, brain cancer, stroke and brain injury, muscle and nerve disorders, cognitive dysfunction and dementia, and the work of the Institute's clinical academic staff is closely integrated with the Hospital's care of patients. The Institute was awarded a Grade 5*A rating (the highest possible rating) in the 2001 Exercise, a measure of its national and international standing. In the calendar year 2004 we published 446 peer- reviewed papers, 41 chapters and 4 books. 46 papers were published in the top 50 of all scientific journals, including Science, Nature, Neuron, Cell and New England Journal of Medicine. Eight of the 30 most highly cited UK neuroscientists are at the Institute of Neurology. There are five Fellows of the Royal Society at Queen Square. An increasingly important part of our mission is to develop strong and effective collaborations across UCL. We share many research programmes with the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, the Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience, the Reta Lila Weston Institute, the High Field Imaging Laboratory (Department of Medical Physics), the Galton Institute of Genetic Medicine and neuroscience research groups based in our sister institutes (Institute of Child Health and Institute of Ophthalmology).
  2. 2. The Institute of Neurology plays a major role in postgraduate teaching and training. There are over 100 graduate students at Queen Square. The Institute runs a number of graduate teaching programmes, including the MSc in Clinical Neuroscience and the Diploma in Clinical Neurology. Institute staff also contribute to undergraduate teaching in clinical neurology. We attract excellent graduate students of the highest quality through UCL-wide PhD programmes, including the Wellcome/MRC 4-year PhD in Neuroscience Generous support for research at the Institute of Neurology is provided by the medical charities, and especially by the charity, The Brain Research Trust The Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders The Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders houses the largest concentration of basic and clinical neuroscientists in the UK. The Department was founded in 1975 after a generous bequest from Sir Michael Sobell. The Head of Department is Prof John Rothwell; previous Heads have been Prof Roger Lemon and Prof Tom Sears, who founded the Department. There are now a total of 100 staff who work on projects from cellular models of motoneurone disease to functional neurosurgery for movement disorders. Over the next 18 months a new 8-storey building Clinical Neuroscience Centre will be completed in Queen Square adjacent to the hospital and all the human based research within the department will be housed on floors 2-6. The members of the Department work in close collaboration with groups in other departments in Queen Square, such as the Wellcome Department of Imaging Neuroscience (Functional Imaging Laboratory), the Institute for Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) and the Gatsby Unit for Computational Neuroscience. There are currently a total of six Programme Grants held by Sobell PIs The 14 principal investigators can be divided into three groups working at different levels of investigation: 1) Animal models: Drs Linda Greensmith and Tony Pullen work at on mechanisms of motor neurone cell death (rodent), Prof Hugh Bostock FRS studies ion channel properties in peripheral axons (rodent), and Prof Roger Lemon and Dr Peter Kirkwood work on motor control within the spinal cord, cerebral cortex and cerebellum, including studies of plasticity and spinal repair (awake behaving primate and rodent). 2) Human Physiology: A major focus of the Department is the investigation of human motor control in both healthy volunteers and in patients with movement disorders. Dr Brian Day and Dr Jon Marsden both study balance and posture, while Prof Peter Brown and Prof John Rothwell examine cortical and subcortical control of arm movements. Prof Daniel Wolpert covers computational motor control. 3) Clinical Research: Prof Niall Quinn and Prof Kailash Bhatia investigate clinical and genetic presentations of patients with movement disorders. Their work is complemented by the Functional Neurosurgery Unit, which is directed by the lead neurosurgeon, Prof Marwan Hariz. Staff in the Unit include Prof Marjan Jahanshahi (neuropsychology and cognitive aspects of motor control), Dr Patricia Limousin (clinical neurology of movement disorders and DBS treatment) and Mr Keyoumars Ashkan (neurosurgery). There is widespread interaction between groups working on animal and human motor control.
  3. 3. Our website is: Research facilities: Current facilities at the Institute of Neurology include TMS and rTMS, EEG, ERP, MEG (newly installed in January 2005), fMRI (2 research 3T scanners), High Field MRI. Excellent modern animal facilities (mouse, rat, cat, primate) are available. We also have a multiple electrode recording facility, video and EEG telemetry, excellent links to other major research groupings in pharmacology, biochemistry, molecular and cell biology, genomics etc. New facilities for high-field MRI of animal models are being developed. The Institute of Movement Neuroscience (IMN) The IMN is a cross-departmental institute within UCL bringing together key researchers with a common interest in movement control. It includes members from Institute of Neurology, Psychology, Anatomy, Physiology, ICN and Gatsby. The weblink is The Appointment The Institute of Neurology wishes to make the appointment in one of two main areas: • primate/rodent models of normal or pathological movement or experimental • computational/experimental studies of human motor control Our emphasis is therefore to recruit a scientist of exceptional promise who will be able to lead a group in areas that complement the existing strengths of the Department. The candidate will already be running a small team of graduate students or postdocs, and have demonstrated an ability to obtain competitive funding at a national level. S/he will be expected to generate income to support a research team that fully exploits the collaborative opportunities available in Queen Square. Since the Institute of Neurology is a postgraduate teaching institution, formal teaching commitments are not heavy; teaching involves contribution to graduate teaching courses (including our MSc in Clinical Neuroscience) and supervision of one or two research project students per year for UCL MSc or BSc courses, as well as PhD students. The post is directly funded from HEFCE funds to the Institute of Neurology Starting salary will be on the Lecturer / Senior Lecturer scale up to £42,421 pa including London Allowance, superannuable. A detailed person specification is set out below. Applications, including CV and names and addresses of three referees, should be made to: Miss E Bertram, Assistant Secretary (Personnel), Institute of Neurology, UCL The National Hospital for Neurology & Neurosurgery, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG, tel: 020 7676 2191,
  4. 4. fax: 020 7278 5069, email: Informal enquiries welcome to Professors Roger Lemon ( or John Rothwell ( Closing date: 30 June 2005 UCL Taking Action for Equality
  5. 5. LECTURER/SENIOR LECTURER IN MOTOR NEUROSCIENCE Main objectives of the post: • To undertake research of international quality, to generate grant applications and produce publications as the primary scientist. • To assist in the routine administration associated with the running of their project, and undertake teaching/other duties by negotiation. Main duties and responsibilities • To conduct their research programme in collaboration with other principal investigators, post- doctoral scientists and research assistants within the Institute of Neurology and elsewhere in UCL. • To participate in Departmental seminars aimed at sharing research outcomes and building interdisciplinary collaboration within and outside the department/division. • To maintain their own continuing professional development, including participation in staff development and review procedures in accordance with UCL guidelines, including annual formal appraisal. • To assist with the supervision and teaching of MSc and PhD students within the Department as requested • To actively follow and promote UCL policies, including Equal Opportunities • To maintain awareness and observation of fire and health and safety regulations • To carry out any other duties commensurate with the grade and purpose of the post. This job description reflects the present requirements of the post, and as duties and responsibilities change/develop, the job description will be reviewed and be subject to amendment in consultation with the postholder. PERSON SPECIFICATION 1. Knowledge Essential • Experience in running a small team of investigators in the general area of motor neuroscience. • Experience/background in one or more of the following: Single cell recording in spinal cord or cortex of rodents or primates; experience with the use of awake behaving primates as an animal model for human movement disorders, stroke etc Computational approaches to human motor control, with a strong emphasis on experimental approaches in human volunteers and/or patients • Preparation of applications to national grant awarding bodies 2. Skills
  6. 6. The ability to: • Conduct high quality research and produce publications in the field of motor neuroscience • Undertake statistical analysis of biological data • Lead an independent research group • Manage time and work to strict deadlines • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills 3. Aptitude Essential • Ability to develop new techniques and projects • Ability to work collaboratively 4. Qualifications Essential • Clinical or non-clinical • PhD or equivalent in Motor Neuroscience • Experience in leading research projects and leading a team of postdocs/PhD students 5. Personal Qualities Essential • Commitment to academic research • Commitment to continuous professional development 6. Other Requirements Desirable • Membership of a relevant professional organisation Responsible to: Head of Sobell Department, Professor John Rothwell. Annual Leave: 31 days per annum. The appointment is superannuable under the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) or, subject to eligibility requirements, the National Health Service Superannuation Scheme (NHSSS). It would be helpful if applicants could provide a telephone number that they could be contacted on during office hours.
  7. 7. Private Practice for Personal Gain Members of the academic staff with honorary clinical contracts are permitted to undertake a limited amount of private clinical practice for personal gain under the auspices of University College London provided they comply with the terms of the scheme laid down by the University of London (1989, amended 1991) and endorsed by the Council of UCL. The regulations are as follows: 1. Private medical and dental patients (both in-patients and out-patients) may be seen and treated only on College premises or on premises administered by the Main University NHS Provider Trusts associated with the College. At present these Trusts are: • University College London Hospitals NHS Trust • The Royal Free Hospital NHS Trust • Whittington Hospital NHS Trust • Camden & Islington Community Health Services NHS Trust • Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Trust • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children NHS Trust • The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust Only in exceptional circumstances (at the discretion of the Dean) or in the case of medical emergencies may patients be seen or treated elsewhere. 2. Medical and dental academic staff may charge fees only through the College or appropriate NHS Trust. Fee invoices should be issued by the clinician’s academic department on official departmental stationery. Patients should be asked to make their cheques payable to University College London, and to return their payment to the academic department issuing the invoice. (Wherever possible, charges which are owing to the NHS should be invoiced separately, preferably by the Trust). Fee payments made on invoices issued by the academic department should be collected by that academic department and should then be handed over to the UCL Medical School Accounts Office (or to the Finance Offices at the Postgraduate Institutes). It is each academic department’s responsibility to ensure that patients are correctly invoiced and that the fees are collected. From that point on, however, the record- keeping and apportionment of fees are the responsibility of the UCL Medical School Accounts Office and of the College Finance Division. 3. The time spent by a member of the academic staff on private clinical practice must not exceed the equivalent of one half day per week. The allocation of time to private practice must be made with the approval of the individual’s Head of Department. 4.1 The net proceeds of private clinical practice, after the deduction of the College’s overheads, are to be shared equally by the clinician and by the College up to the clinician’s personal entitlement of 10% of his/her salary (including London Allowance) plus merit award. Thereafter all proceeds will accrue to the College.
  8. 8. 4.2 The following procedure will apply. From each fee received there will be a deduction of 10% to cover School and College costs in administering the scheme. If the clinician personally has incurred any legitimate expenses which need reimbursing, these will also be deducted at this stage, as will any fees owing to the NHS (if these have not been separately charged). The remainder of the fee will be split equally between the individual clinician and the academic department. The share going to the academic department shall be deemed to cover any departmental costs incurred in treating the patient. 4.3 Once the individual clinician has reached his/her personal annual entitlement of 10% of salary each fee received will be paid in full into the discretionary fund of the clinician’s academic department. 4.4 For the purposes of determining annual personal entitlements, “salary” means the salary which is paid through the College payroll, irrespective of the source of the funding. If a clinician is employed by the College for only 6 sessions, his/her private practice entitlement is 10% x 6/11 of his/her full-time equivalent salary and merit award. If a clinician is employed full-time by the College even though his/her salary may be recovered from an outside source, the private practice entitlement will still be 10% of that full salary. 5. Private practice payments to academic staff and to their departments will be made quarterly. Payments to staff will be made as salary supplements on the PAYE system through the College payroll. These payments may not be treated as private earnings under Schedule D. 6. Staff remain free, as an alternative, to have their private patient earnings paid in full directly to their departmental discretionary fund. These funds are covered by the College’s charitable status and are not liable for tax, and no administrative charge will be deducted at source. However, even if total proceeds are being paid into discretionary funds, regulations 1 to 3 above (governing where and when private practice may take place, and how patients are to be charged) will still apply. 7. In 1991 the University of London introduced an option whereby a member of staff may choose to forego one tenth of his or her salary plus merit award, in which case his/her personal entitlement would not be limited to a 10% ceiling, but all other conditions would be similar to those applying to the 10% option. College staff may choose this option only with the specific approval of the Dean of the Faculty of Clinical Sciences and the Vice-Provost and Dean of the Medical School, and on the understanding that permission to exercise this option may be withdrawn at any time if its operation is judged to be detrimental to the interest of the department or College. 8. It will be the responsibility of each individual member of staff engaging in private practice (whether or not this is for personal gain) to ensure that his or her medical defence subscription is paid to the appropriate level to cover treatment of private patients. February 1997