Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
6 May 2021
£32,816 to £40,322
University of Cambridge
Fixed term until 20 July 2022

Job Details

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to be part of our interdisciplinary laboratory in Clinical Neurosciences at the University of Cambridge. 

We plan to grow auditory neurones and cells on microelectrode arrays and optimise and the arrays to measure the electrical activity of the cells in response to electrical and other kinds of stimulation. We are also interested in "seeding" them into 3D printed models of the cochlea, to understand how electrical stimulation from cochlear implants affects neural firing.

Our research group works primarily with cochlear implant technologies, and auditory regeneration. The lab PI is a clinician-scientist surgeon, and the lab is very interdisciplinary with molecular biologists, electrical engineers, physicists, mechanical engineers, and clinical researchers. We collaborate with engineering departments, and with the clinicians in hearing disorders at Cambridge University Hospitals Trust.

A candidate experienced with this kind of neuronal culture and characterisation would help us move further into growing a "cochlea on a chip" model to test and develop new auditory technologies.

Person Criteria

We are particularly interested in applicants with a PhD in neurosciences with experience in culture, electrophysiology and characterization of neurones.

We are working with auditory neurones and cochlear hair cells, so experience with these cell groups would be an additional asset. Cell culture, and robust molecular biology skills (PCR, Western Blot etc) are expected. Electrophysiology experience with patch clamp and/or calcium imaging would be an asset.

How to Apply

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference ZE25119 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

Contact Details

For questions relating to the post, please contact Professor Manohar Bance at