Cardiff University

Research Associate

Cardiff University

Cardiff, United Kingdom

Research Associate 

Schools of Biosciences and Psychology

Salary: £33,797 – £40,322 per annum (Grade 6) 

Vacancy Number: 9570BR

A research associate position is available within the Schools of Biosciences and Psychology, in the laboratories of Professor Fox, Professor Honey and Dr O’Neil supporting the project Cortical pathways and synaptic mechanisms for texture discrimination learning in rodents, funded by BBSRC.

The post holder will be required to study the synaptic plasticity associated with texture learning in cortical areas processing information between primary somatosensory cortex and the hippocampus. The project is a collaboration between the schools of Biosciences and Psychology funded by a 3-year BBSRC grant. Using chemogenetics, Neuropixel recordings and behavioural techniques we will identify cortical areas downstream from primary somatosensory cortex involved in texture processing and explore structural plasticity and in-task electrophysiology to identify mechanisms underlying tactile learning. Expertise in 2-photon imaging in vivo, behavioural techniques and/or chronic recording with multi-site electrodes is sought.

This position is full-time and fixed term for 3 years. The role holder will need to be available to start no later than 1st April 2020. 

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Important note: Interviews will be held on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd March. Invited applicants will be required to give a 10 minute presentation detailing your research work relevant to the position.

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Closing date: Saturday, 15 February 2020.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

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