Research Associate in Visual Neuroscience- Cardiff

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
7 Dec 2019
£33,797 to £40,322 per annum (Grade 6)
Cardiff University - School of Optometry & Vision Sciences
1 year, until 31st January 2021.

The Cardiff School of Optometry & Vision Sciences is looking to appoint a Research Associate to work for 12 months on a project entitled ‘Novel therapeutic interventions in mitochondrial optic neuropathy’.

The project will involve extensive cellular and molecular investigation of therapeutic interventions using in vitro, ex vivo and in vivo methodologies.  The work will lead to the publication of an article in a high impact journal and seeks to inform the development of novel therapies. The successful candidate will evaluate the results using the appropriate statistical and qualitative methods and draft an article for publication.

You will work on a National Eye Research Centre funded project, to direct and conduct research into the treatment of mitochondrial eye disease; and you will be part of a multi-disciplinary group with an international reputation for studies of the role of mitochondrial pro-fusion protein, Opa1, in retinal ganglion cell disease and novel therapeutic interventions.

Main Research Duties and Responsibilities

  • To conduct research on novel therapeutic interventions in mitochondrial optic neuropathy, and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
  • To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required
  • To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
  • To participate in School research activities.
  • To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projec

Essential Person criteria

  • Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or equivalent or relevant industrial experienc
  • An established expertise and proven portfolio of research within the following research fields: cell and molecular biology, murine models, histology, immunohistochemistry and cellular and tissue imaging modalities, to include confocal microscopy
  • Knowledge of current status of research in mitochondrial cell biology and metabolism
  • Proven ability to publish in high-quality journals
  • Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies
  • Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals
  • Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision

The vacancy is full time at 35 hours per week and is fixed term for 1 year, until 31st January 2021. Expected to commence on 1st February 2020.

Interviews expected week commencing 4th November 2019

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

For more information and to apply, please click here.