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Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Assistant in Behavioural Neuroscience

 

Department/Location: Department of Psychology, Central Cambridge

Salary: £25,023-£37,768

Reference: PJ08178

Category: Research

Published: 26 January 2016

Closing date: 15 February 2016

 

An opening is available for a Postdoctoral Research Associate/Research Assistant in Behavioural Neuroscience to join The Translational Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory (Directors: Professor Lisa Saksida and Professor Timothy Bussey) in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

The TCN Lab (http://www.tcnlab.psychol.cam.ac.uk/) pioneered the development of rodent cognitive assessments using touchscreen technology (Horner et al., 2013; Oomen et al., 2013; Mar et al., 2013 Nature Protocols) and has successfully demonstrated the utility of these assays in characterising cognitive phenotypes in both rodent models of disease and relevant patient groups (Nithianantharajah et al., 2013 Nature Neuroscience and Nithianantharajah et al., 2015 Science Reports).

The TCN Lab, in conjunction with the laboratory of Dr. Chris Heath in the Department of Life, Health and Chemical Sciences, The Open University has recently been awarded a 3 year Project Grant by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs) to develop and validate a series of touchscreen-based assays for the evaluation of motivation and affective state in laboratory rodents. Successful development of these assays will provide standardised, mild-severity alternative methods with which to study these constructs that also have high forward-translational potential.

The successful applicant should have a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience or a related discipline (Research Associate) or be close to completing their PhD (Research Assistant) with experience of rodent behavioural studies and behavioural pharmacology. Experience of operant behavioural paradigms, task development/validation and/or environmental enrichment manipulations are highly desirable.

The salary range if appointed as a Research Associate is £28,982 - £37,768 per annum and the salary range if appointed as Research Assistant is £25,023 - £28,982 per annum with promotion to Postdoctoral Research Associate on attainment of PhD.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available from 1 March 2016 until 28 February 2019 in the first instance.

Further information may be downloaded below.

Interviews will take place during the week of 22 February 2016.

Inquiries regarding this vacancy may be emailed to Professor Lisa Saksida (lms42@cam.ac.uk)

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check, a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity. The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Please quote reference PJ08178 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information

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Posted on 26/01/2016

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