UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGY
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
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
Generous support for research at the Institute of Neurology is provided by the medical charities, and
especially by the charity, The Brain Research Trust http://www.brt.org.uk
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
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.
Our website is: http://www.sobell.ion.ucl.ac.uk/
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 http://www.imn.ucl.ac.uk/
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
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,
London WC1N 3BG,
tel: 020 7676 2191,
fax: 020 7278 5069,
Informal enquiries welcome to Professors Roger Lemon (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Rothwell
Closing date: 30 June 2005
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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
• 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
• To assist with the supervision and teaching of MSc and PhD students within the Department
• 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.
• 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,
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
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
• Ability to develop new techniques and projects
• Ability to work collaboratively
• 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
• Commitment to academic research
• Commitment to continuous professional development
6. Other Requirements
• 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.
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.
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
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.