Postdoc Position in Neurobiology at the University of Plymouth

Location: Plymouth, UK

Salary: £33,518 to £38,833 pa - Grade 7

Job ref: A5696

Closing date: open until filled

The Role

The University of Plymouth are looking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to support a highly motivated scientist, Professor Edgar Kramer, at the Peninsula School of Medicine. 

The primary function of the role is to perform collaborative and independent research to study the electrophysiological properties of midbrain dopaminergic neurons and/or the molecular signalling pathways in the dopaminergic circuit in different mouse models. A variety of electrophysiological, behavioural, genetic, molecular biology and biochemical techniques will be employed. The work is expected to significantly enhance the understanding of midbrain dopaminergic system function and should shed some light on the etiology and possible therapy of Parkinson’s disease and drug addiction.

You will be responsible for the provision of specialist research knowledge and expertise that supports neurophysiological work in mice on the dopaminergic system altered in Parkinson’s disease patients and drug addicts. 

This post is a full-time position working 37 hours per week, on a fixed-term basis starting in fall 2018. Funding is available for 3 years, and renewal upon the first and second year is contingent on mutual agreement and satisfactory performance. 

Candidate Profile

  • You must already have or you should be able to complete in the next few months a PhD in Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Medicine, and Pharmacology or in another related area. 
  • Experience in electrophysiological experiments and/or molecular biological approaches in the mouse dopaminergic system and in mouse handling is required. 
  • Expertise in establishing and using an electrophysiological setup (extra- and intracellular recordings, fast scan cyclic voltammetry) and/or in as many techniques as listed above is desirable, and candidates with a strong background in neuroscience and neurodegenerative diseases are particularly encouraged to apply. 
  • This position also requires that you have good work ethics, analytical and organisational skills, and an ability to multitask and collaborate well with lab members.

The Lab

The laboratory is part of the recently opened Derriford Research Facility close to Derriford Hospital on the North Campus which brings together all biomedical research groups. It is close to Plymouth city centre with its attractive cultural scene and coastline with easy access to the dramatic countryside and some of Britain's most beautiful beaches in Devon and Cornwall.

How to Apply

To apply, please complete the online application form attaching a motivation letter, your CV, 3 academic references and a list of publications.

For an informal discussion please contact Dr. Edgar Kramer, Professor of Neurodegenerative Diseases, via e-mail [email protected]

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University of Plymouth is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is a Stonewall diversity champion. 

The Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry holds a Silver Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia. 

University of Plymouth has been recognised by Bloomberg as one of the 50 best UK employers for 2016.

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

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