Applications are invited to join two teams at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit (MRC BNDU) at the University of Oxford. We seek a Research Technician to provide specialist technical support and conduct original collaborative research, as part of multidisciplinary scientific programmes designed to elucidate the function and dysfunction of neuronal circuits in the rodent brain.
In addition to having a B.Sc. or equivalent qualification in a relevant scientific discipline, candidates should have a track record in laboratory technician work and/or research experience in the field of neuroscience. The post holder will be required to contribute to research by assisting with experiments in rodents, as well as by assisting in the daily organisation and running of the host laboratories. 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 manage time and multitask is also essential.
The post holder will be part of the Sharott Group and Magill Group based on the main site of the MRC BNDU at the Department of Pharmacology. Both Groups aim to: (1) provide detailed explanations of how brain circuit organisation supports normal and impaired behaviours; and (2) develop therapeutic interventions that restore brain circuit function and reduce symptoms in models of neurological disease. Both Groups use diverse approaches to explore brain function and dysfunction, employing innovative electrophysiological, optical, anatomical, behavioural and genetics-based techniques to study these circuits in the whole organism.
This is a full-time, fixed-term post (end date of not later than 31st March 2020), with an initial probationary period, to start as soon as possible. This post is a University Grade 6 (06S) position with a starting salary of between £28,098 and £33,518 per annum (commensurate with experience). The post holder will be contractually required to undertake business critical work outside of core working days for the equivalent of 2 days per month. An additional premium payment of 6% of annual salary will be made as a monthly superannuable allowance for undertaking this on-demand work. 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 132742.
The closing date for applications for this post is 12 midday UK time on Friday 16th February 2018.
Interviews will be held soon after the closing date.
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