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Invitation to apply for research positions at Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre

Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre, University of Oxford

The closing date for applications for all posts is noon on 27 January 2010. Interviews will be held on 16, 17 and 18 February 2010.

7 x Postdoctoral Career Development Fellows
All grade 7: salary range £28,839 to £35,469, with discretionary range to £38,757.

6 x 5 year fixed term posts, 1 x 3 year fixed term post, 2 x Research Assistants
Both grade 6: salary range £25,623 to £30,594, with discretionary range to £33,432

Both 5 year fixed term posts

Applications are invited for 7 Postdoctoral Career Development Fellows (CDFs) and 2 Research Assistants (RAs) to join the newly established Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC) funded by the Parkinson’s Disease Society Monument Discovery Award to undertake highly collaborative and interdisciplinary projects to better understand the early pathological pathways of PD.

The OPDC is a new grouping of scientists and clinicians with a unique combination of skills working in the interdisciplinary research environment at Oxford. The Centre brings together international leading scientists studying the genetics and neuropathology of PD, the generation and analysis of cell and animal models, and the wiring of neuronal circuitry, with leading clinical experts in the diagnosis and treatment of PD. The Centre includes the UK’s top-ranked Biomedical Sciences Department (Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics), two world-leading Medical Research Council Units, and an external scientific advisory board of international experts on PD. Together, we will create a world-class research centre to understand the earliest pathways to pathology in PD and create new, more relevant animal models of disease with a view towards developing molecular therapies to halt the disease progression at the earliest stages.

We are seeking to recruit individuals to join the OPDC to work on projects in the following laboratories:
• Identifying genes underlying Parkinson’s disease: Computational Genomics
One Career Development Fellow; Prof Chris Ponting
• Patient-specific iPS cell-derived dopaminergic neuronal models of PD
One Career Development Fellow and one Research Assistant; Dr Richard Wade-Martins and Prof William James
• Identifying genes underlying Parkinson’s disease: expression and function of microRNAs
One Career Development Fellow; Dr Matthew Wood
• Generation of improved transgenic rodent models of Parkinson’s disease
One Career Development Fellow and one Research Assistant; Dr Richard Wade-Martins
• Comparative neuropathology and gene expression in Parkinson’s disease
One Career Development Fellow; Dr Olaf Ansorge and Dr Matthew Wood
• Characterisation of improved transgenic rodent models of Parkinson’s disease
One Career Development Fellow; Prof Paul Bolam and Dr Pete Magill
• Defining dopamine signalling in the basal ganglia in improved transgenic PD rodent models
One Career Development Fellow; Dr Stephanie Cragg

Further information about the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre may be found here.

Informal enquiries may be directed to the relevant laboratory head, or the OPDC Principal Investigator, Dr Wade-Martins on richard.wade-martins@dpag.ox.ac.uk.

Further particulars and details of how to apply are available by clicking here or email reference@dpag.ox.ac.uk

The closing date for applications for all posts is noon on 27 January 2010. Interviews will be held on 16, 17 and 18 February 2010.

Posted on 13/01/2010

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