Postdoctoral Neuroscientist (BNDU/OPDC)

Postdoctoral Neuroscientist (BNDU/OPDC)

Closing Date: 
Friday, August 17, 2018

Established in 2010, the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC) is a unique, multidisciplinary research consortium based at the University of Oxford, and is supported by a Monument Trust Discovery Award from Parkinson’s UK. Scientists at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit (MRC BNDU) contribute to the OPDC through leveraging their leading expertise in high-resolution in vivo phenotyping of rodent models of Parkinson’s disease. The MRC BNDU is now seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Neuroscientist to work as part of this exciting collaboration.

This Postdoctoral Neuroscientist will develop, execute, analyse and report on a combination of state-of-the-art electrophysiological, anatomical and behavioural investigations in rodent models of experimental Parkinson’s disease. In addition to having a PhD (or M.D.) or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, candidates should have a promising track record of original research in their particular field of neuroscience. Candidates are also expected to have technical expertise in electrophysiology and/or quantitative neuroanatomy, and to provide evidence of creative and critical thinking as applied to the development and execution of a cohesive programme of research. Experience of working with mice and of implementing rodent behavioural experiments is also desirable.

The post holder will be part of the Magill Group based at the MRC BNDU, University of Oxford.  The Group has a strong track record in studying the functional organisation of the basal ganglia and partner neuronal networks in rodents, including in rodent models of Parkinson’s disease.  The Group uses an interdisciplinary approach to elucidate the function and dysfunction of these brain circuits, employing innovative techniques to monitor and manipulate neurons and to determine their influence on behaviour. The proposed research will take full advantage of the intellectual environment, capital equipment, technical expertise and excellent infrastructure in place at the MRC BNDU. There will be ample opportunity to work in partnership with other scientists at the OPDC as well as with other BNDU Groups.

This is a full-time fixed-term post of up to 26 months (end date of not later than 31st January 2021), 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 £35,550 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.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Magill.

Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 136266

The closing date for applications for this post is 12 midday UK time on Friday 17th August 2018.


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