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The MRC BNDU is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Neuroscientist in Behavioural Neurophysiology to develop, execute and analyse experimental work that combines in vivo network electrophysiology, memory-guided behaviour and optogenetic closed-loop interventions in rodents (mice) as part of a scientific programme focusing on neural dynamics of adaptive behaviour. This post offers exciting opportunities for creative neuroscientists who enjoy collaborative, multidisciplinary work.

The post holder will be part of the Dupret Group based at the Mansfield Road site of the MRC BNDU. The Group uses a transdisciplinary approach to study both the cellular substrates (cell types and pathways) and the network operations that underlie memory circuit dynamics, employing innovative techniques to monitor and manipulate neurons and to determine their influence on behaviour. The work of the post holder will take full advantage of the intellectual environment, capital equipment, technical expertise and infrastructure in place at the MRC BNDU.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant area of neuroscience, and will have a track record of original research in the field of memory, hippocampal circuitry and neurophysiology. They will also have experience in mouse behavioural tasks, experience in quantitative methods and expertise in analysing and interpreting electrophysiological data. Ability to work as part of a team is essential. Experience of working with wildtype and genetically-altered mice, including the design of behavioural assays for in vivo network physiology, is desirable.

This is a fixed-term post of up to 32 months, with an initial probationary period, and is available from 1st February 2023. The post end date is 30th September 2025. This post is a University Grade 7 (07S) position with a starting salary of between £34,308 and £42,155 per annum. If a candidate does not meet all of the Grade 7 criteria, we will consider offering the post at a lower Grade 6 (an underfill, with a starting salary of between £30,502 and £36,386 per annum). The opportunity for training will be provided. The expectation is to move into the advertised salary grade within 6 - 12 months following a competency-driven process.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor David Dupret.

Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 162164.

The closing date for applications for this post is 12 midday UK time on Monday 6th February 2022.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

 

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The MRC BNDU is seeking to appoint a creative Postdoctoral Neuroscientist who enjoys who enjoys collaborative, multidisciplinary work.

The main objective of the post holder will be to develop and implement advanced analyses of multichannel neural data (unit activity and/or local field potential and/or electrocortiogram) recorded from many brain areas simultaneously in behaving rodents.

In addition to having a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, candidates should have a promising track record of original research in their field of neuroscience. Candidates are expected to have technical expertise in advanced signal and statistical analyses of neural data. Expertise in the following methods would be particularly advantageous: spike sorting, data “cleaning” (e.g. artifact removal), analysis of neural oscillations/circular statistics, principal/independent component-based analysis of task-encoding and/or cell assemblies. Experience in using some machine learning/artificial intelligence-based approaches is also desirable. In addition, candidates are expected to evidence creative and critical thinking as applied to the development and execution of a cohesive programme of research. Experience in neuroscience (preferably in vivo) is strongly preferred, but candidates from other fields may be considered if they can clearly demonstrate relevant skills and their ability to adapt them to this position.

The post holder will be part of the Sharott Group based at the MRC BNDU. The Group has a strong track record in studying the functional organisation of the cortico-basal ganglia-thalamic networks in rodents and humans. The Group use transdisciplinary approaches to elucidate the substrates underlying activity dynamics in 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.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to 25 months, with an initial probationary period, to start on 1st March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter, with a latest end date of 31st March 2025. The post is a University Grade 7 (07S) position with a starting salary of between £34,308 and £42,155 per annum (with the possibility to underfill at Grade 6 [£30,502 - £36,386 p.a.] if all of the advertised criteria are not met).

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Andrew Sharott.

Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 162881.

The closing date for applications for both posts is 12 midday UK time on Monday 6th February 2023. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

 

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