Postdoctoral Neuroscientist

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
1 Feb 2022
Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 or Grade 6: £29,614 - £35,326 per annum
University of Oxford
The post full-time for a fixed-term until 7th June 2023 in the first instance.

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit, Mansfield Road, Oxford OX1 3TH

Grade 7: £33,309 - £40,927 per annum A less experienced candidate may be appointed at Grade 6 (£29,614 - £35,326 per annum) with a commensurate adjustment in essential criteria, responsibilities and duties.

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Neuroscientist to join the Magill Group based at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit.  The group has a strong record in studying the functional organisation of the basal ganglia and partner neuronal networks in rodents, including in models of Parkinson’s disease.  The group uses multidisciplinary approaches to elucidate the function and dysfunction of these brain circuits, employing innovative techniques to monitor and manipulate neurons.  The proposed research will take full advantage of intellectual environment, capital equipment, technical expertise and excellent infrastructure in place at the MRC BNDU.
The postholder will work as part of an exciting research collaboration at the interface between academia and industry that has been established to advance the development of treatments for neurodegenerative diseases.  The successful applicant will develop, execute, analyse and report on a combination of anatomical and pharmacological investigations in models of Parkinson’s disease.  They will also be responsible for analyses of function/dysfunction of basal ganglia neurons using anatomical, pharmacological, behavioural and other approaches.
It is essential that the successful candidate hold, or have submitted for examination, a PhD or MD or equivalent qualification in a relevant area of biological research.  It is also vital that they have laboratory experience in quantitative anatomical methods and related imaging techniques, including use of fluroscence microscopy, as applied to the scientific investigation of the nervous system and expertise in the detailed quantitative analysis and interpretation of neuroanatomical data.  It would be beneficial if the postholder has experience of coding/programming for data analysis and holds or has held a UK Home Office Personal Licence (PIL A, B & C)
The post full-time for a fixed-term until 7th June 2023 in the first instance.
Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 1st February 2022 will be considered.
Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.