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Postdoctoral Research Associate position available in Professor Sadaf Farooqi's lab

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Neuroscience, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science (Fixed Term)

Department/Location: Department of Clinical Biochemistry

Salary: £28,132-£36,661

Reference: RG03263

Category: Research

Published: 1 May 2014

Closing date: 21 May 2014

Applications are invited for a position funded by the Wellcome Trust to join an internationally recognised team led by Professor Sadaf Farooqi, working to understand the molecular and neural basis of energy homeostasis (Asai et al. Science 2013; Pearce et al. Cell 2013). Using genetic strategies to study patients with severe obesity, we have identified novel obesity-associated mutations which disrupt the neural pathways involved in eating behaviour and energy homeostasis. Loss of function mutations in these proteins are likely to impact on axon guidance, synaptic plasticity and other neuronal mechanisms which we now propose to test in cellular systems. This position represents an ideal opportunity for a highly motivated neuroscientist with a track record of publications to take a leading role in developing this ambitious programme of research.

You will have a PhD or equivalent degree in neuroscience or a closely related discipline and be experienced in neuronal transfection, fixed and live cell confocal microscopy, immunocytochemistry, calcium imaging and ideally patch-clamping. You will have excellent communication and organisational skills as you will play a key role in developing new external collaborations.

Proposed start date: 1st July 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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.

Informal enquiries can be made to Naomi Clark, Metabolic Research Laboratories, Level 4, Wellcome Trust-MRC Institute of Metabolic Science, Box 289 Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge CB2 0QQ Email

Please quote reference RG03263 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Posted on 13/05/2014

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