Research Assistant with engineering background

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
30 Jun 2021
£33,797 pa pro rata
Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience University of Cambridge Anatomy Building, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DY
6 months full time - up to 10 months part time
We are looking for a highly motivated, proactive and enthusiastic engineer for designing and building customized cages for rodent behavioural testing (see “AutonoMouse” for reference, Erskine et al 2019 PlosOne, and Ackels et al 2021 Nature). This project is collaboration with the laboratories led by Jasper Poort (visual processing, PDN Department ) and Chris Proctor (bionic systems, Engineering department) groups, and aims at generating a multipurpose automatic apparatus for flexible operant conditioning across multiple sensory modalities (chiefly olfaction and vision). You will be the key person to liaise with original developers, source components, assemble and validate the apparatus, and design a data analysis pipeline. You will work in collaboration with other lab members and the ability to work in a team is essential. Moreover, you will be shadowed by an undergraduate student assigned to this project, which you will be co-supervising. The Galliano laboratory is a recently-funded neuroscience group based at the Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience at the University of Cambridge. Our research focuses on investigating how brain cells change in response to altered sensory inputs, and how such changes in brain cells underpin adaptation, learning and memory at the behavioural level. We use mice as model systems, and we probe the brain networks that encode their sense of smell. We are an inclusive, diverse and welcoming group, committed to mentoring and supporting the career development of all members. We believe in open-science, and all members are encouraged to participate in science outreach activities.

Further Information

We have funding for a full-time 6 months contract at a maximum spine point of 42 (£33,797 pa pro rata), but we are very open to discuss different patterns of part-time work that could better suit individual circumstances and/or caring responsibilities (e.g., 8 months at 80% FTE, 10 months at 60% FTE). The start date is flexible, and not earlier than October 1st 2021.
This post is ideally suited for a recent graduate who is looking to pivot into a neuroscience career, and who could use this experience to build their CV while applying for graduate school.
We particularly welcome applications from women and /or candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

Contact Details

Dr Elisa Galliano / @eg_neuro