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The MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit provides an exceptional training and mentoring environment for students, postdoctoral researchers, academic clinicians and visiting scientists at all career levels and from all over the world. The MRC BNDU is an outward-looking and international community.

  • Closing Date: 
    Friday, September 22, 2017

    Applications are invited to join a multidisciplinary team at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford. We seek a Senior Technician to provide specialist technical support to the scientific Programmes and projects of the MRC Unit that use animals as part of their research on the brain. The post holder will be required to play a central role in the daily organisation and smooth running of the Biomedical Services facility (BMSU) of the MRC Unit.

    Candidates should have a minimum IAT Level 2 Diploma in Laboratory Animal Science & Technology, hold a current Home Office Personal Licence (categories A and B), have a good track record in animal technician work with small rodents, and be fully conversant with all aspects of UK Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986. Candidates are expected to be team players, able to work as part of a group and independently, and to have excellent communication skills. A well-developed ability to keep records, manage time and multitask is also essential.

    The post holder will be part of the MRC Unit’s BMSU Core Support team, and will be based on the Unit’s main site at the Department of Pharmacology. The BMSU Core Support team works closely and collaboratively with all of the MRC Unit Programmes and projects that use animals as part of their original research into the function and dysfunction of brain circuits. Researchers at the MRC Unit employ innovative electrophysiological, anatomical, behavioural and genetics-based techniques to address their respective scientific aims.

    This is a fixed-term post (end date of 31st March 2020 in the first instance; externally funded by the Medical Research Council), to start as soon as possible.  The post is full time (36.5 hours per week), although from 22 hours per week over 5 days will be considered. Please state preferred working pattern in the application. The post holder will be contractually required to undertake business critical work outside of core working days for the equivalent of up to 2 days per month, for which overtime will be paid at the appropriate rate.

    This post is a University Grade 4 (04S) position with a starting salary of between £21,220 and £24,565 per annum, with a discretionary range up to £26,052 per annum (pro rata for part-time). Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory security screening.

    This post is part of a pilot scheme testing a new Supporting Evidence form in place of the more usual ‘supporting statement’. Please ensure that you carefully read the How to Apply section provided in the Job Description, which you can download from the link below along with the required Supporting Evidence form.

    Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Peter Magill.

    Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 130528.

    The closing date for applications for this post is 12 midday UK time on Friday 22nd September 2017.

    Interviews will be held on Friday 6th October 2017.

     

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