Postdoctoral Research Associate / Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - University of Exeter Medical School

This Alzheimer’s Research UK (ARUK) funded post is available from 01 December 2017 for a duration of 3 years. The College wishes to recruit an experienced behavioural neuroscientist to the position of Postdoctoral Research Associate or Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support the work of Dr Mick Craig.

The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high levels of student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today.

The successful applicant will investigate whether pharmacogenetic manipulation of thalamic activity can improve performance in behavioural tests of memory in animal models of Alzheimer's disease.

The researcher will use stereotaxic injection of viral vectors into the CNS, and multiple tests of behaviour.  The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will possess sufficient specialist knowledge in behavioural neuroscience to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will ideally have some experience in optogenetic and/or pharmacogenetic methods and the use of numerical analysis software such as Igor Pro or Matlab.

For further information please contact Dr Mick Craig, e-mail or telephone (01392) 727415.

The College is proud to have a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment and impact to providing equality of opportunity and advancing the representation of women in STEM/M subjects. Our Inspiring Stories tell you more about how we support our staff, including through a mentoring programme to help our staff learn from the professional and life experience of colleagues and explore opportunities and actions for career progression. 

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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