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Research Assistant position available to study social behaviour in HD sheep models

Job Title: Research Assistant

Vacancy Reference No: PL00334

Salary: £23,811-£26,779 pa

Address: Morton-lab, Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge

Duration: 9 months in the first instance, must be able to travel to South Australia

Closing date: June 28th

Interview date: July 5th

Measuring animal locomotion and social behaviour using automated systems for dynamic behaviour analysis. We are looking for a highly motivated research assistant to join the laboratory to study social behaviour in sheep. The successful candidate will join a research team led by Prof. Jenny Morton that is developing behavioural testing strategies for investigating motor, social and cognitive behaviour in a sheep model of Huntington's Disease.

The team is based in Cambridge; the work is conducted in Cambridge and South Australia. You will work closely with other post-doctoral researchers and research assistants to provide experimental and field assistance for the projects as necessary, and to help organise the field trips. You must be available to travel to South Australia for two periods of fieldwork. These will be for approximately 6 weeks, from mid August to the end of September 2012 and 3 weeks in March 2013.

Applicants must have a degree in a science discipline and should have experience of zoology-related fieldwork or behavioural testing. Applicants should be enthusiastic and highly motivated, with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills and must be able to work with minimum supervision. Salary scale shown is for a graduate. Salary for holders of higher degrees will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Informal enquiries may be made to Prof. Jenny Morton, email

Application and further particulars:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 9 months in the first instance.

This appointment is subject to a health assessment.

Whether an outcome is satisfactory will be determined by the University.

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.

Applications, to include a CV, coversheet CHRIS/6, (available, with further particulars, from including the names and addresses of three referees, should be sent by e-mail to:

Quote reference: PL00334

Posted on 13/06/2012

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