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Research Fellow

University College London - Research Department of Neuroscience Physiology and Pharmacology and Institute of Neurology

Location: London
Salary: £35,328 to £37,281 Per annum, inclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 28th February 2019
Closes: 24th April 2019
Job Ref: 1794174

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

We wish to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to work on a project involving applying electrophysiological techniques in vitro (slice and en bloc spinal cord) to investigate the connectivity pattern of recurrent excitation between lumbar spinal motoneurones innervating different sets of muscles.

The job holder will make use of state of the art facilities for probing circuit connectivity, including paired recordings between motoneurones (Bhumbra et al, J Neurosci. 2014, 34, 12919, Bhumbra and Beato, PLOS Biology 2018, 16 (3)) and two-photon holographic mapping of connectivity (in collaboration with Prof. Brownstone at UCL). Behavioural experiments and EMG recordings will also be performed on wild type and mutant mice in which recurrent excitation is genetically impaired.

This BBSRC funded post is available until 31 May 2022 in the first instance.

The successful candidate will have a PhD (awarded or submitted) in a relevant subject area and have a proven knowledge of the principle of electrophysiological recordings. This position will suit someone who has a keen interest in in spinal cord physiology, in health and disease.

Demonstrable comprehensive knowledge in the area of spinal cord physiology and proven proficiency in in vitro patch-clamp/intracellular recordings in the CNS is essential. Proven proficiency in both in vitro electrophysiological recordings in the spinal cord and in vivo recordings of muscle activity is advantageous. A solid quantitative background and knowledge of analytical tools is required. Coding skills (in MATLAB or Python) are advantageous. The post holder will have experience of successfully working in a competitive academic research environment and evidence of a good quality publication record.

Please note: Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,922 - £32,607 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis (including corrections).

UCL vacancy reference: 1794174       

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

If you would like to discuss the post please contact Dr Marco Beato at For any queries regarding the application process, please contact Biosciences Staffing on and quote the reference 1794174.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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