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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.
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An exciting opportunity has become available for two Clinical Research Fellows to become part of Professor Peter Brown’s Group developing new approaches to Deep Brain Stimulation.

The Group is embarking on a project evaluating the effects of adaptive Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) on the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease over both day and night. The project involves a close collaboration with colleagues at St George’s Hospital in London. Conventional DBS delivers stimulation all the time. Adaptive DBS titrates stimulation in time according to the state of brain activity related to disease symptoms, and may have fewer side-effects. Reporting to Professor Brown, the two Fellows will have responsibility for carrying out key aspects of this project.

The successful candidates will have clinical experience of DBS in patients with Parkinson’s disease, and will have the potential to learn electrophysiological techniques related to adaptive DBS. The job roles will involve patient recruitment, data collection and data analysis. The roles will also involve drafting a manuscript summarising the results.

A Ph.D., M.Sc. or relevant research experience in neuroscience, neurosurgery or neurology is essential for both posts. The successful candidates will be clinically qualified with current registration with the GMC, clinical skills and competence appropriate to current level as evidenced by recent revalidation or annual review of competence progression and the ability to work flexible hours. A strong commitment to understanding clinical research and writing research papers is essential. The ability to work well under pressure, manage multiple tasks, have excellent planning, organisational, and problem-solving skills, and the possession of excellent communication skills and fluency in English, are also essential.

Both posts are full time for a fixed term until of 31st July 2020 in the first instance, externally funded by the Rosetrees Trust. Both posts are University Grade E64, each with a starting salary of between £32,659 and £52,200 per annum.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Brown.

Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 140007

The closing date for applications for both posts is 12 midday UK time on Friday 26th April 2019.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.


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Applications are invited to join a thriving research team at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford (MRC BNDU). We are seeking a Research Technician to provide specialist technical support and conduct original collaborative research as part of a multidisciplinary scientific programme designed to elucidate how coordination of neural activity in the rodent hippocampus circuit supports memory-guided behaviour.

In addition to having a B.Sc., H.N.C. or equivalent qualification/training 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 laboratory. 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 work in Dr David Dupret’s Group, and will be based on the main site of the MRC BNDU at the Department of Pharmacology.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post with an end date of 31st March 2020 in the first instance, to start as soon as possible from 1st August 2019. This post is a University Grade 6 (06S) position with a starting salary of between £28,660 and £34,189 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. 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 Dr Dupret.

Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 140473

The closing date for applications for this post is 12.00 midday UK time on Monday 3rd June 2019.


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