Research Assistant (Magill Group)

Closing Date

This post was previously advertised under Vacancy ID 155072. Previous applicants to Vacancy 155072 need not apply.

The MRC BNDU is seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to provide specialist technical support and conduct original collaborative research as part of scientific programmes that aim to define the function and dysfunction of basal ganglia circuits in the brain. This post offers an exciting opportunity to use and gain experience in lab management as well as the delivery of neuroscience research.

In addition to having a B.Sc. or equivalent qualification, candidates should have a track record in laboratory technician work and/or in laboratory-based research in the field of neuroscience. The post holder will be required to play a key role in the daily organisation and running of the laboratory space used by the host Group, as well as to contribute to scientific research by assisting with experiments that entail the use of anatomical and other approaches to investigate the rodent brain. Candidates are expected to be team players, able to work as part of a group and independently, and to have excellent communication and organisational skills. Experience of a lab management role, of using neuroanatomical techniques, and of working with wildtype and genetically-altered mice, is desirable.

The post holder will be part of the Magill Group, and will be based at the MRC BNDU.  The Group uses multidisciplinary approaches to study basal ganglia circuits, employing innovative techniques to monitor and manipulate neurons in rodents. 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 opportunities for the post holder to receive further training and to develop skills on the job as well as to work in partnership with members of other Groups at the MRC BNDU.

This is a full-time fixed-term post with an end date of 31st March 2025 in the first instance, 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 £29,614 and £35,326 per annum.

The post holder will be contractually required to undertake business critical work at the MRC BNDU, including within its Biomedical Services Facility, outside of core working days for the equivalent of 2 days per month. The post holder will be given reasonable notice of this requirement. 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.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Magill.

Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 156746.

The closing date for applications for this post is 12 midday UK time on Tuesday 19th April 2022.

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