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Research Fellow

University College London - UCL Ear Institute

Location: London
Salary: £35,328 to £42,701 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance/ UCL Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 16th April 2019
Closes: 7th June 2019
Job Ref: 1800076

A full time postdoctoral research fellow position is available in the starting laboratory of Dr Marta Andres at the UCL Ear Institute (EI) at University College London (UCL). The UCL Ear Institute is a leading centre for hearing research in Europe, situated within one of the strongest neuroscience communities in the world at University College London. Neuroscience at UCL is ranked first in Europe and second in the world according to Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators. UCL is a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment that provides excellent opportunities for training and career development. The successful applicant will join a well-funded research laboratory within a vibrant research community.

The successful candidate will conduct experiments to examine the role of the biogenic amines serotonin and octopamine in the modulation of hearing and swarming behavior in malaria- transmitting Anopheles gambiae mosquitoes using molecular, physiological and behavioural techniques. The post holder will also develop new paradigms to study and analyse mosquito auditory function and swarming behavior. The project aims at applying the laboratory findings into developing novel mosquito control tools and therefore translational research is a strong component of the project. The project involves collaborations with the University of Perugia (Italy) and the Ifakara Health Institute (The ThTanzania). The successful candidate is expected to have some degree of flexibility to travel to these locations and will highly benefit from these interactions both at the technical and professional level.

The post is funded for two years in the first instance.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area of the Life Sciences (ideally Neurosciences, Vector Biology, Life Sciences) and have substantial prior experience in insect physiology and behaviour. They will possess excellent and state-of-the-art knowledge of computer programming and statistical analysis. They will be likewise ambitious and self-motivated. Excellent skills in scientific communication, both orally and in writing, are expected and a strong drive to pursuing a career in academia is vital.

If the PhD has not yet been granted, the final accepted version of the thesis must have been submitted to the degree-granting university by the start date. 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.

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

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process please contact Dr Marta Andres de Miguel (email- ).

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

Interview Date: TBC

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