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Research Associate

University of Bristol - Faculty of Life Sciences

Location: Bristol
Salary: Grade I / £34,304-£38,587
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 22nd November 2021
Closes: 2nd December 2021
Job Ref: ACAD105716

The role

Our research group is interesting in the mechanism which underlie rapid-acting antidepressants. We have recently been awarded a BBSRC Industrial Partnership Award with COMPASS Pathways to study the psychopharmacology of psychedelics. This role will support the electrophysiological studies investigating both acute and sustained (ex vivo) effects of different psychedelic compounds. You will join a team of PDRAs, technicians and PhD students working on related projects with the overarching aim to integrate behavioural and electrophysiological data to better understand how and why drugs like psilocybin have both rapid and sustained antidepressant effects.

What will you be doing?

The post requires an experienced slice electrophysiologist ideally with expertise in recording from slices obtained from the prefrontal cortex. We are interested in the pharmacology of the different psychedelics and how these drug affect the function of glutamatergic neurones including studies to understand changes in synaptic plasticity.

You should apply if

We are seeking to appoint a post-doctoral researcher with prior experience of slice electrophysiology and an interest and passion for research into psychiatric disorders. The project will involve working as part of a team including external industrial collaborators and requires excellent communication skills. We are also looking for someone who has the desire to support others and will support the training of post-graduate students working on the project. There will be some in vivo animals studies involved so previous experience of animal work and a Home Office personal license is desirable.

For informal enquiries please contact Zuner Bortolotto (z.a.bortolotto@bristol.ac.uk).

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