Behavioural and Metabolic Phenotyping Core Manager

University of Dundee - Medicine Office

The Behavioural and Metabolic Phenotyping Core Manager (BMPC), within the School of Medicine at the University of Dundee, supports research investigators by providing access to an equipped, staffed, maintained, Home Office approved environment designed for phenotyping rodents. The goal of the facility is to provide a comprehensive, managed environment that enables investigators to use established behavioural and metabolic phenotyping techniques to characterise rodents.

Fixed Term: 24 Months

Principal Duties:

  • A technical expert in behavioural neuroscience, behavioural techniques and metabolic phenotyping.
  • Design and conduct experiments and train staff and students in appropriate phenotyping techniques.
  • Manage and develop the BMPC, ensuring financial sustainability
  • Work with academic staff in the development of strategy pertaining to rodent phenotyping.
  • Developing a training programme for new users in the use of phenotyping and other techniques as required to ensure competency.
  • Project and experimental design, planning and performing phenotyping experiments, reporting on the outcome and translating knowledge of advances into future research proposals.
  • Liaising with PI's/researchers and contribute towards writing grant proposals and publications in peer reviewed scientific journals.
  • Performing data analysis and interpretation of phenotyping results.
  • Assist in the supervision of BSc Honours project students, MSci students and summer students working within the BMPC and Medical School Resource Unit.
  • Independent organisation of work load and effective time management to ensure maximum productivity from the BMPC.
  • Surveying users for the need for improved services and/or the acquisition of an increased repertoire of phenotyping paradigms and techniques.
  • Keeping up to date with the latest developments in phenotyping and emerging techniques.
  • Joining external networks to share information and identify future research activity.
  • Working to build capacity by developing new links within the University to ensure optimal access and usage of the BMPC.
  • Actively participating as a member of the MSRU users committee and working with colleagues on joint projects including submission for ethical review and project licence applications.

Summary of Skills, Experience and Qualifications

  • PhD with extensive experience.
  • Expert knowledge in behavioural neuroscience and phenotyping.
  • Expert technical knowledge in phenotyping techniques such as the elevated plus maze, Morris water maze, open field exploration, nociception, place preference, novel object recognition, rotarod, gait analysis, 5 choice serial reaction time test, Y/T mazes, Comprehensive Lab Animal Monitoring System (CLAMS) and imaging/scanning.
  • Independent, critical, and strategic thinking skills, utilizing information obtained from published literature, collaborative discussions, and other sources.
  • Ability to make informed, critical decisions in an independent manner.
  • Project management skills; ability to successfully deliver tasks within defined timelines.
  • Budgeting and forecasting experience.
  • Strong, collaborative work ethic; must be able to effectively communicate cross-functionally in a timely and meaningful fashion.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills; highly detailed-oriented.
  • Appreciation and understanding of data protection, confidentiality, equality and diversity legislation.
  • Working knowledge of all aspects of H&S.

Additional Information

The University of Dundee is a diverse community and is committed to equality of opportunity for all by providing a supportive, flexible and inclusive working environment. We have family friendly policies (including flexible working and childcare vouchers), staff groups for LGBT and BME; and prayer room facilities.

The University of Dundee has received the Athena SWAN Bronze Award (Athena Swan) which recognises the promotion of gender equality and has made further commitment to advancing inclusive culture which supports and encourages all under-represented groups.

The University of Dundee is a Scottish Registered Charity, No. SC015096.

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