|Salary:||£28,762 to £30,502|
|Placed On:||6th March 2023|
|Closes:||31st March 2023|
Why are brains the way they are? Do neural circuits function in an “optimal” way, and if so, in what sense are they optimal? How do brains encode sensory information and form associative memories?
We are seeking a Research Assistant to study these fundamental questions in neuroscience in the olfactory system of the fruit fly Drosophila. You will join Dr Andrew Lin’s laboratory and contribute to the group’s research on neuronal plasticity mechanisms that underlie associative memory and the maintenance of optimal sensory coding, in the Drosophila mushroom body (the fly’s olfactory memory centre).
You will carry out experiments both independently and as part of a team, using a range of techniques including: in vivo two-photon calcium imaging, electrophysiology, fly genetics, behavioural experiments, computational modelling and building custom equipment (the exact project can be tailored to your background and interests). You will also play a crucial role in supporting the daily operations of the laboratory, for instance by providing technical assistance, maintaining records of reagents and Drosophila stocks, and overall laboratory organisation.
You should have a good honours degree or equivalent experience, excellent communication skills and an ability to work in a team. Scientific experience in the following areas is also essential: Preparing lab solutions; Using scientific equipment; Data analysis using software and; Managing and organising laboratory resources, data or equivalent. We welcome self-motivated, innovative, and creative applicants from a range of academic backgrounds, including biology, neuroscience, experimental psychology, computer science, physics and engineering.
We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.
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