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Research Associate

Cardiff University - Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th November 2021
Closes: 14th December 2021
Job Ref: 12784 BR

Cardiff University School of Medicine

College of Biomedical and Life Sciences

A position is available for a postdoctoral Research Associate to work within the stem cell research group in the Neuroscience and Mental Health Research Institute at Cardiff University. This role will involve use of gene-edited embryonic stem cells and patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) to better understand the pathophysiological mechanisms that underpin dystonia. Focus will be on characterisation of cells differentiated towards midbrain dopaminergic and striatal medium spiny neurons, both in individual cell 2D cultures and co-cultures. This will involve both developmental and functional characterisation, notably involving electrophysiological techniques such as single-cell patch clamp and multi-electrode array analysis. There will also be opportunity to develop skills in gene expression analysis, using both bulk and single-cell approaches. A strong commitment to conference presentation and journal publication is required with this post.

The successful candidate will have a postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or equivalent or relevant industrial experience.

This post is full time (35 hours per week) available from 1 January 2022 and is fixed term for 20 months.

Salary: £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (Grade 6).  This role has a maximum starting cap at point £34,304 per annum.

Closing Date: Tuesday, 14 December 2021

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only. We now invite external applications.

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. We therefore welcome applicants from all sections of the community regardless of sex, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, trans identity, relationship status, religion or belief, caring responsibilities, or age.  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.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at: 
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/our-research-environment/integrity-and-ethics/responsible-research-assessment” 

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