Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Cellular Electrophysiology

University of Oxford - Department of Pharmacology

Mansfield Road

The Somogyi group in the Department of Pharmacology is seeking a Postdoctoral Researcher to take responsibility for carrying out research on the synaptic interactions of identified cortical neurons. The postholder will also provide guidance to less experienced members of the research group, including postdocs, research assistants, visitors, technicians, and PhD and project students.

Key duties of the post include: testing hypotheses and analysing scientific data from in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological recordings of identified cortical neurons, reviewing, refining working hypotheses as appropriate and making discoveries; managing their own academic research and administrative activities, including small scale project management and co-ordinating multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines; adapting and developing scientific techniques and experimental protocols using electrophysiological and microscopic equipment; contributing ideas for new research projects, collaborating in the preparation of scientific papers and posters, and representing the research group at external meetings/seminars.

The successful candidate will have: a relevant PhD/DPhil, or will have submitted thesis for examination by the time of shortlisting, together with relevant experience in project design, execution and completion; specialist knowledge in cellular neurophysiology and synaptic pharmacology, including vitro and/or in vivo recording of single neurons and synaptic responses; the ability to manage own academic research and associated activities; previous experience of contributing to publications/presentations and evidence of designing summaries of research results, illustrations for papers; a proven ability to contribute ideas for new research projects within the programme of cortical synaptic communication; excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings.

The post is fixed-term for 3 years, funded by the European Research Council.

The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Friday 15 December 2017.

Please note that the University of Oxford's retirement policy has changed. With effect from 1 October 2017, all employees at Grade 8 and above have a retirement age of the 30 September before the 69th birthday. All employees at Grades 1-7 do not have a set retirement age. Further details are available here:

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