Postdoc Position at the University of Exeter

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Closing date: 26/09/2019

Start date: 01/12/2019

Location: Exeter

The Position

The College of Medicine and Health is recruiting either a Postdoctoral Research Associate or a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to participate in in research on circadian rhythms supporting the work of Dr Mino belle. This BBSRC funded post is available from the 01 December 2019to 30 November 2022. The successful applicant will investigate the physiological role of neuronal hyperexcitation in circadian timekeeping in the master circadian clock, the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN), and SCN downstream brain targets. This work offers the opportunity to re-address our understanding of how the SCN generatesand signals circadian timing in the brain and body, with the potential tochange how we think about electrical communication in the brain.

The post will include state-of-the-art methods in systems neuroscience (whole-cell and large-scale multi-electrode array recordings, optogenetic tools, and in vitro and in vivo imaging) as well as assessments of physiology behaviour. There will also be a dedicated technician working on this project, supporting the above activities.

The Candidate

For the role of Postdoctoral Research Associate you will be able to present information on research progress and outcomes,communicate complex information, orally, in writing and electronically and prepare proposals and applications to external bodies.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD (or be nearing completion) or possess an equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study and be able to demonstrate sufficient knowledge in the discipline and of research methods and techniques to work within established research programmes. Applicants will be able to develop, execute, analyse and report on electrophysiological (andassociate techniques0, imaging, physiology and behavioural investigations. Experiencein circadian biology research and knowledge of mathematical modelling will beadvantageous but not essential. Necessary training will be provided, but applicantswill ideally have experience in whole-cell and/or extracellularelectrophysiology, and the use of appropriate numerical analysis software.

For the role of Postdoctoral Research Fellow you will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will be a nationally recognised authority in neuroscience or circadian biology and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the disciplineto develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act asteam leader as required. Applicants will be able to develop, execute and reporton electrophysiological (and associate techniques), imaging, physiological and behaviouralinvestigations. Experience in circadian biology research and knowledge ofmathematical modelling will be advantageous but not essential. Applicants will haveexperience in whole-cell and/or extracellular electrophysiology, and the use of appropriate numerical analysis software.

You can view the Job Description and Person Specification documents below.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

How to Apply

Please contact Dr Mino Belle, [email protected] or (01392) 723801.

Anyone with in vitro extracellular electrophysiology or slice imaging experience, and wish to learn whole-cell recording, please contact Dr Mindo Belle or apply, as training can be provided, based on suitability and background.

Applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements are welcomed.

Please mention that you found this job on the Scientifica website when applying.

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