Research Associate in Development Mechanisms of Motor Network Tuning (University of Manchester)

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
18 Nov 2019
£32,816 to £40,322 per annum
Oxford Road, Manchester
5 years

The integrated structure of our Faculty enables a truly translational approach to biology, medicine and health - from pure discovery science through to clinical application and patient care. It also encourages collaborative working, enabling staff to deliver innovative, world-leading research that has a very real and positive impact on people’s lives, as well as high-quality education and training to over 11,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Applications are invited from suitably qualified individuals to join a collaborative project between Manchester and Cambridge that is funded by the Wellcome Trust for 5 years. The project will investigate the role of a critical period in the development of the Drosophila larval locomotor circuit. The main focus of the Manchester post will be to determine how activity perturbation during this period changes functional synaptic connectivity between identified neuron pairs. This will be complemented by a structural analysis of synaptic connectivity undertaken at Cambridge. Ideally, you will have prior postdoctoral experience that includes use of either electrophysiology and/or Drosophila genetics. The post will suit an individual keen to manage their own project and will provide considerable opportunity to develop the project through regular interactions with the Cambridge team and through supervision of a full-time research assistant. The post is also supported by a full-time technician.

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Further Information

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Contact Details

Enquiries about vacancy shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Professor Richard Baines


Tel: 0161 275 5365

Technical support:


Tel: 0161 850 2004

General enquiries:


Tel: 0161 275 4499

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date