Research Associate - Neuroscience

The University of Manchester - School of Biological Sciences

Closing Date: 31/08/2017
Employment Type: Fixed Term
Duration: Available from September to 31 August 2020
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Biology, Medicine & Health
School/Directorate: School of Biological Sciences
Division: Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology
Hours Per week: Full Time
Salary: £31,076 to £33,943 per annum
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference: BM&H-10425

Although many animals detect the Earth's magnetic field, the biological origin of animal magnetoreception remains unclear. Among the proposed primary magnetoreceptors is the protein cryptochrome (CRY), which is thought to provide geomagnetic information via a quantum mechanical effect in a light-initiated chemical reaction. However, definitive evidence is lacking for this proposal, and little is known about the signal transduction mechanisms. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust, the post-holder will characterize the ability of CRY variants to detect magnetic fields when expressed in Drosophila neurons. The research will apply a combination of molecular genetics, behavioural assays and electrophysiology to characterise how exposure to a magnetic field is sufficient to change CRY activity to alter neuronal signalling at the level of single neurons and globally to affect change to behaviour. The project offers the post-holder opportunity to develop a novel area of research with potential impact for human health, magnetogenetics and magnetotherapeutics.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

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Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Contact Prof Richard Baines

Tel: +44 (0)161 275 5365

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Tel: 0161 275 4499

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Tel: 01565 818 234

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

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