Research Fellow

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
29 Nov 2021
£34,304 pa - £40,927 per annum
Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, Edinburgh
3 years

College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences, Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences

Fixed term / 3 years / full time, 35 hours per week

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher to join a collaborative research team (Duguid and Cobb laboratories) at the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences in Edinburgh, funded by the Medical Research Council.

The Opportunity:

We are seeking an outstanding candidate to contribute to the development of a high-quality research programme investigating sensorimotor dysfunction in a mouse model of Rett syndrome. The post-holder will use mesoscale calcium imaging, high-density silicone probe recordings and quantitative behaviour to investigate how loss of function mutations in the X-linked Mecp2 gene affects cortex-wide neural dynamics during sensorimotor learning. By working in close collaboration with the Cobb laboratory the post-holder will also help in the design and delivery of viral-mediated gene re-expression methods to investigate whether MeCP2 re-expression recovers high-level cortical function and behaviour.

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • A PhD in neuroscience or related subject
  • Experience in quantitative rodent behaviour
  • Experience in in vivo imaging and/or electrophysiology
  • A working knowledge of rodent surgery
  • Competent in the breeding & maintenance of transgenic mouse lines
  • Friendly and able to work as part of a close collaborative team
  • Good written and oral communication skills

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As a valued member of our team you can expect:

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts, family friendly initiatives, flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

Interviews will be held soon after the closing date.

If invited for interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK.  Further information is available on our right to work webpages.

The University is able to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role.  If successful, an international applicant requiring sponsorship to work in the UK will need to satisfy the UK Home Office’s English Language requirements and apply for and secure a Tier 2/Skilled Worker Visa.