The University of Manchester (UoM)

Research Associate

The University of Manchester (UoM)

Manchester, United Kingdom

Research Associate – Critical periods of nervous system development and their importance to neurological disorders


£32,816 – £40,322 per annum

Fixed Term – 5 years

Ref: BM&H-014985

We are seeking a creative researcher to join us on a collaborative project between Manchester and Cambridge, funded by the Wellcome Trust for up to 5 years. This is an ideal opportunity to develop your research portfolio in a well-funded lab for transitioning to becoming an independent researcher. The project will additionally be supported by a technician and a PhD student.

The project centres around the role of neuronal activity in facilitating the emergence of network function late in embryogenesis, during a critical period. Critical periods provide exciting opportunity to manipulate circuit development and offer novel therapeutic approaches to prevent, or indeed reverse, neurological disease. We recently discovered a critical period in the development of the Drosophila larval locomotor circuit, showing this to be a universal phenomenon. This experimental system allows us to work with identified neuron pairs, to investigate signalling pathways and circuit mechanisms, including changes in synaptic connectivity and transmission.

Ideally, you will have prior experience of, or will be keen to gain expertise in, electrophysiology and/or functional imaging and relevant analysis. Training will be provided as required. You will gain experience in supervising/mentoring other researchers providing you with skills needed to develop your career further.

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Closing date: 20 January 2020.

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