Research Associate

Cardiff University

The School of Psychology at Cardiff University is seeking an enthusiastic , self-motivated individual, this post is to undertake specific administrative tasks (as detailed in the attached job description) relating to the implementation and delivery of the project ‘mapping subicular mnemonic circuitry’, ERDF Operation (Case ID 80762-CU-143), which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund via the Welsh Government. The post is fixed term for a period of 36 months with the possibility of an extension.

The successful candidate will conduct research within the systems neuroscience of memory, utilising freely moving electrophysiology and optogenetics, contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University and carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals.

The project has three overall goals, first to try to understand how subicular neurons encode distinctive features of memory, second to demonstrate a causal role for these neurons in memory processing by disrupting their activity and third to identify the wider cortical neural circuitry in which these cells are embedded to trace the flow of mnemonic coding from the hippocampus into the wider brain. Within this scheme we will be examining the role of the subiculum in the replay of spatial memory during waking and sleep; the content of subicular replay, its coordination with the CA1, and the brain areas targeted by replaying subicular neurons. This project will be performed in conjunction with the principal investigator.

To do so, the lab will employ a range of techniques including animal behaviour, multichannel (64/128) extracellular ‘tetrode’ recordings and optogenetics.

This is a full time post, fixed term for a period of 36 months with the possibility of an extension. This post is available immediately.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world. In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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