Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience

We are looking for a Research Assistant to support the research of Professor Jenny Morton. The research group is focused on understanding the mechanisms underlying neurodegeneration, particularly in Huntington's disease (HD), and on developing strategies to delay or prevent the death of neurons in injured or degenerating brain.  The group takes a multidisciplinary approach to developing a treatment for HD.  The role holder will be part of a research team investigating phenotype development in a range of transgenic mouse models of HD.

The project will involve testing of cognitive, social/emotional and motor behaviours in transgenic mice.  There may also be an opportunity to conduct histological analysis of brain tissue from transgenic mice.

You should have a BSc degree level qualification (or equivalent) in biology or psychology, experience in animal handling and behavioural testing with careful observation skills.  We are looking for a good team player with good communication skills and the ability to manage their own workload.  You should be familiar with Microsoft Office and Statistica or similar statistical software.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload your CV and covering letter outlining your suitability for the post.

Please quote reference PM14519 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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