Postdoctoral Research Scientist with Expertise in Electrophysiology
University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, John Radcliffe Hospital
United Kingdom

This is an exciting opportunity to work in the Neural Injury Group, in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neuroscience, University of Oxford, under the direction of Professor Bennett. This is a postdoctoral research scientist position requiring expertise in electrophysiology in which clinically relevant ion channel variants will be studied in order to understand their role in sensory function.  The Neural Injury Group is an ideal environment for translational neuroscience employing a range of multi-disciplinary techniques ranging from cellular electrophysiology to human clinical genetics and stem based models.  There are significant opportunities for training and career advancement. 

The postholder will establish cell culture of cell lines, primary neurons and induced pluripotent stem cells as well as generating expression constructs to study ion channel gene variants.  They will also be responsible for detailed electrophysiological analysis of the impact of gene variants on ion- channel function and cellular physiology including patch clamp recordings and calcium imaging.

It is essential that the postholder hold, or be nearing completion of, a PhD in medicine, neuroscience, physiology or relevant area and that they have proven research skills in cellular electrophysiology. They must also have the ability to manage the day-to-day running of a research project including scheduling training and assessment sessions and liaising with other researchers and staff. The ability to be viewed as a motivated, enthusiastic, organised self-starter; one who can work with a minimum of supervision but at the same time extract the benefits of an excellent research environment is vital.

It would be beneficial if the postholder had experience of working with sensory neurons and/or human induced pluripotent stem cells.  Ability to work independently and as part of a team, working co-operatively with junior and senior colleagues and sharing laboratory and research resources is also desirable.

The post is full-time for a fixed-term of 2 years in the first instance.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 26 August 2019 will be considered. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

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