Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Molecular Sciences

Institute of Clinical Sciences

Full time, Fixed term for 36 months

Hammersmith Campus

A Research Associate position is available in the Synaptic Plasticity and Repair group, led by Dr Vincenzo De Paola at the Institute of Clinical Sciences, Imperial College London. The post, funded by the MRC, is for a period of three years.

We use an interdisciplinary approach, combining advanced optical imaging methods, including multiphoton and superresolution microscopy, optogenetics and calcium imaging with electrophysiology and neuroanatomical reconstructions, to study the regulation of synaptic connectivity in the adult neocortex, a brain region affected in numerous neurodevelopmental and degenerative diseases as well as acute injuries, which are incurable to date. For more information visit our Imperial College London and personal web pages

The successful applicant will have a PhD in cellular and/or molecular neuroscience or a closely related discipline, or equivalent research, industrial or commercial experience. They should have a strong publication record. They will have experience of cellular and/or molecular neuroscience and mouse genetics, in vivo techniques. Optogenetics, electrophysiology, calcium imaging and/or behavioural analysis experience and a Home Office personal licence will be an advantage.

We are looking for a highly motivated and enthusiastic researcher with a strong interest in using cutting edge optical imaging and molecular genetic methods to advance our knowledge of how synaptic connectivity is regulated in both normal and neuropathological settings.

Our preferred method of application is online via our website at (please select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number HM2016192.

Alternatively, if you are unable to apply online, please contact Katie Poole by email ( to request an application form.

Closing Date: 31 October 2016 (Midnight GMT)

Interviews will be held during the first two weeks of November 2016.

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