Research Assistant in Biophysics or Neuroscience

University College London - UCL Dept of Medical Physics & Biomedical Engineering Electrical Impedance Tomography Research Group

A predoctoral research assistant position which could be suitable for submission for a PhD is available at UCL to work on a project related to “Electroceuticals” – treatment of disease by electrical stimulation of autonomic nerves. At present, this is achieved with electrical stimulation of the entire nerve but this causes unwanted effects by stimulating organs supplied other than that of interest. In this work, we provide a means to stimulate selectively using a novel rubber nerve cuff with multiple electrodes.

This project, funded by the MRC, is to delineate the function of fascicles in the cervical vagus nerve using neural tracers, electrophysiology, and the new medical imaging method, Electrical Impedance Tomography within an interdisciplinary bioengineering/neurophysiology research group in Medical Physics at UCL. UCL Medical Physics is a leading interdisciplinary centre for Bioengineering in the UK, situated within one of the strongest neuroscience communities in the world at University College London. This project will be supervised by Professor David Holder, Medical Physics and Clinical Neurophysiology, UCL.

The appointee will primarily be responsible for preparation and analysis of histological sections produced by the use of neural tracers and computerised tracing of fascicles through multiple nerve sections. They may also take part in other physiological studies in the project. It will suit a researcher who likes to work in an interdisciplinary team and the work may be suitable for submission for a PhD.

The position is funded for 3 years in the first instance.

The successful applicant will have an undergraduate degree in biophysics, neuroscience, or a neuroscience-related discipline (e.g., biology or biomedicine). Previous experience in studies in anesthetised animals, peripheral nerve and autonomic nervous system physiology and proficiency in computer programming (e.g., Matlab) is desirable. Applications will be considered from other backgrounds if they have the relevant skills.

UCL vacancy reference: 1709070

Funding via UCL’s Study Assistance Scheme is available for UCL staff to apply for, following successful completion of a 9 month probation period.

The SAS grant is = 50% of the course fee but at a maximum of £865. If the staff member is working part-time, this contribution will be pro-rated accordingly.

For further information and eligibility of the UCL’s Study Assistance Scheme (SAS) please click on the link http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/od/sas/guidelines.php#gu7

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

Informal enquiries should be made to Professor David Holder (d.holder@ucl.ac.uk)

For enquiries with the application process please contact Tracy Pearmain (tracy.pearmain@ucl.ac.uk) HR Staffing Officer.

Closing Date: 22 February 2018

Interview Date: TBC

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