Postdoctoral Research Associate

University of Exeter - Living Systems Institute (College of Life and Environmental Sciences)

This DFG funded post is available from 1 September 2018 for 12 months in the Living Systems Institute to support the work of Professor Gáspár Jékely.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities. We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, and have achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. The University of Exeter has over 22,000 students and 4600 staff from 180 different countries and has been rated the WhatUni2017 International Student Choice. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today, with 98% of our research rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The post

You will work in the field of neuronal connectomics and contribute to neural circuit reconstructions in Platynereis dumerilii from electron microscopy datasets.

The post will include neuron tracing, proofreading, synapse and neuron annotation and circuit analysis. The post will also include data analysis, such as image stitching, the alignment of large image series, and the setting up of large image databases. This is primarily a computer and not a wet-lab-based job.

About you

You will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes, communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

You will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. You will be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in Neurobiology, Cell Biology and/or Developmental Biology. Some experience with computer scripting is an advantage.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of Devon (with occasional drizzle)To view the Job Description and Person Specification document please click here.

The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, onsite gym, cycle to work scheme, sector leading policies around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy; and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in.

For further information please contact Professor Gaspar Jekely, g.jekely@exeter.ac.uk

Interviews are expected to take place 11 July.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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