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RA required to study locomotion, cognition and social behaviour in sheep in Cambridge and South Australia

Measuring locomotion, cognition and social behaviour in sheep.

We are looking for a highly motivated research assistant to join the laboratory to study behaviour in sheep. The successful candidate will join a research team led by Professor 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 field trips. You must be willing to travel to South Australia for fieldwork if required. (Field trips are usually twice a year, for periods up to 6 weeks.) Applicants should have a degree in a science discipline and should have experience of zoology-related fieldwork and behavioural recording. Applicants should be enthusiastic and highly motivated, with excellent organisational and interpersonal skills and must be able to work with minimum supervision. Applicants should also have good practical skills and be able to perform manual labour under occasional inclement weather conditions. The candidate will be subject to a pre-employment health screening to assess their ability to meet the physical demands of the position.

Salary scale shown is for a graduate. Salary for holders of higher degrees or other qualifications will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Jenny Morton, email

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years 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.

To apply please send a CV, CHRIS/6 (Parts I and III available from to

Closing date is 4th February 2013

Quote reference: PM00838

Posted on 09/01/2013

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