Research Assistant

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
5 Dec 2019
£31,479 - £33,194 per annum
Funded for 1 year

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) commenced research operations in Spring 2016 bringing together world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits process information to generate perception, form memories and guide behaviour. Developed through the vision and partnership of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Wellcome, and with substantial investment from these partners, the mission of the SWC is to generate experimentally testable theories of brain function.

The Branco lab study the mechanisms by which neurons integrate sensory information to generate behaviour that promote survival. The lab uses various innovative techniques including behaviour, neural recordings and imaging, optogenetics, anatomy, computer science and theoretical neuroscience. 

The lab is now looking for a Research Assistant to run training and behavioural experiments in freely-moving and in head-fixed mice. Working as part of a close-knit team, the post-holder will be responsible for training mice in an head-fixed set up, as well as for development, design and execution of behavioural experiments. The role will also involve assistance in surgical procedures as well as in gathering and collating data. 

The post is funded for one year in the first instance, as a part of a Royal Society Dorothy Hodgkin Fellowship.

Key Requirements

Candidates should have prior experience of working within a research laboratory and handling rodents, as well as some experience in monitoring rodents and conducting behavioural experiments.

Technical expertise in the calibration, maintenance and repair of animal behavioural setups and surgery is desirable, as well as some basic programing in python or MATLAB environments. 

Excellent communication skills and the ability to use your initiative is essential.

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Job Description and Person Specification

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Further Information

Closing Date: 5 Dec 2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59

Interview date :TBC

Our department is working towards an Athena SWAN award. We are committed to advancing gender equality within our department.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

Contact Details

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre HR team,, or give us a call on 020 3108 8011.