Research Associate in Neurophysiology Engineering

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Closing Date
4 Nov 2020
£32,816 to £40,322 p.a, depending on relevant experience
Oxford Road, Manchester
12 months (with potential to renew).

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Applications are invited for a Research Associate post in Neurophysiology Engineering within the Nanomedicine Laboratory at the University of Manchester. The post is available from January 2021 and will be tenable on a fixed-term basis for 12 months (with potential to renew until at least March 2023).

You will undertake 2 related research projects. The first will involve collaboration on a project using graphene-based transistor arrays capable of full-bandwidth electrophysiological recordings in preclinical models of stroke. These devices will be implanted and used to monitor spreading depolarizations and neuronal activity post-stroke in vivo models. You will be expected to contribute to this project by collaborating with a team of engineers to develop and optimise the hardware to allow chronic recordings from freely moving rodents. Additionally, you will be expected to write computer code to facilitate analysis of multichannel electrophysiological data. During this research project, you will learn rodent stereotaxic surgical skills. The second project will involve design and assembly of a tethered or wireless head stage to support graphene-based stimulating electrodes. These will be implanted into rodent models of epilepsy and/or Parkinson’s disease and the therapeutic efficacy of deep brain stimulation using these devices will be assessed. You will be expected to contribute to the maintenance of CNS disease models (Parkinson’s and Epilepsy) already established within the Nanomedicine Lab. You will be expected to implant graphene-based stimulating electrodes, to perform deep brain stimulation, and perform subsequent data analysis.

Successful candidates will be subject to pre-employment screening carried out on our behalf by a third party. The offer of employment will be dependent on the successful candidate passing that screening. Whilst you will be required to provide express consent at a later stage, by continuing with your application now you acknowledge that you are aware that such screening will take place, and agree to take part in the process.


You should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, neurophysiology or neuroscience. Experience in computer coding (Matlab/Python) is essential. Previous experience recording electrical activity from neuronal tissue is highly desirable. Previous experience in experimental research using implantable devices and evidence of a developing research publication track record is highly recommended. 

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