Applications are invited to join two teams at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford. We seek a Postdoctoral Neuroscientist to develop, execute, analyse and report on a combination of state-of-the-art electrophysiological, anatomical and behavioural experiments in rodents, as part of a research project that is designed to elucidate the function/dysfunction of midbrain dopaminergic neurons in novel models of Parkinson’s disease. This post offers exciting opportunities for creative neuroscientists who enjoy collaborative work.
Interested candidates should hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, and should have a promising track record of original research in their particular field of neuroscience. Candidates are also expected to have some technical expertise in electrophysiology (in vivo and/or in vitro), and to provide evidence of creative and critical thinking as applied to the development and execution of a cohesive programme of research. Experience of neuroanatomical methods, and of implementing rodent behavioural experiments, is also desirable.
The post holder will be part of the Magill Group and Dodson Group based on the main site of the MRC Unit at the Department of Pharmacology. Both Groups have strong track records in studying the functional organization of the neuronal networks of the basal ganglia in rodents, including in models of Parkinson’s disease. The Groups use multidisciplinary approaches to elucidate the function and dysfunction of basal ganglia circuits, employing innovative electrophysiological, anatomical, electrochemical, behavioural and genetics-based techniques. The proposed research will take full advantage of the intellectual environment, capital equipment, technical expertise and excellent infrastructure in place in the MRC Unit. There will be ample opportunity to work in partnership with other Unit Groups, as well as with collaborators at the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre.
This is a full-time fixed-term post of 36 months, with an initial probationary period, to start as soon as possible. This post is a University Grade 7 (07S) position with a starting salary of between £31,604 and £34,520 per annum (commensurate with experience). Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory security screening.
Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 134260
The closing date for applications for this post is 12 midday UK time on Friday 4th May 2018.
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