Research Associate

UCL Institute of Neurology - Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the field of synaptic release of neurotransmitters to participate in collaborative research between the laboratories of Dr Kirill Volynski (UCL Institute of Neurology) and Prof. James Rothman (UCL Institute of Neurology/ Yale University).

The post will complement the existing strengths in understanding of synaptic physiology and neurological disease at the UCL Institute of Neurology. The post holder will apply electrophysiological and optical methods to address the molecular mechanisms of neurotransmitter release in central synapses. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to apply their research skills in a broad collaborative environment, which includes neurogenetics, structural biology, biochemical and biophysical studies of vesicle exocytosis and ion channel function, and mammalian and invertebrate circuit neuroscience.

Applicants must have a PhD (or be close to obtaining) in a relevant discipline within neuroscience or biophysics, and a track record of experimental laboratory research. Experience of cellular electrophysiology and/or live-cell fluorescence microscopy is essential. Quantitative skills in analysing large datasets is desirable, as is knowledge of scientific computer programming, and a strong publication record.

The post is available from October 2017 and is funded by a grant from the European Research Council for two years in the first instance. Starting salary on UCL Grade 7 in the range £34,635 to £41,864 per annum including London Allowance, superannuable.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment by clicking the 'apply' button below, where you can download a job description and person specification.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG (email:

For informal enquires please contact Dr. Krill Volynski (email;

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