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Job reference: BMH-019277
Salary: £33,309 to £37,467 per annum depending on relevant experience
Closing date: 18/07/2022
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Biology, Medicine Health
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division: Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology
Hours Per Week: Full time
Closing date: 18/07/2022
Contract Duration: From 1 October 2022 until 31 September 2024
School / Directorate : School of Biological Sciences

Job Description

We seek an ambitious and motivated researcher to join our team investigating how light impacts circadian rhythms in the diurnal rodent Rhabdomys pumillio. This is a fantastic opportunity to be at the forefront of understanding how physiology and behaviour is influenced by our environment, with substantial practical implications. Working under the guidance of Professor Robert Lucas and Dr Timothy Brown, the successful candidate will apply electrophysiological, behavioural and molecular techniques to a new model species which nevertheless is accessible for many of the sophisticated experimental approaches available in mice. You will directly supervise a technician supporting these activities. This BBSRC funded project receives industrial sponsorship from Signify, maximising the opportunities for real-world application of your findings. ​​​​​​​

Start date is flexible, but we hope to have someone in post in October, for a period of 24 months. Applicants are expected to hold (or to shortly hold) a Ph.D or equivalent in a relevant branch of life sciences. Full training is available, however, the ability to work independently is essential, as is experience with electrophysiological recording and/or studies of visual or circadian function. Experience with laboratory rodents and relevant surgical procedures is also desirable.

Successful candidates may be subject to pre-employment screening carried out on our behalf by a third party. The offer of employment will be dependent on the successful candidate passing that screening. Whilst you will be required to provide express consent at a later stage, by continuing with your application now you acknowledge that you are aware that such screening will take place, and agree to take part in the process.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:                                         

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered  

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

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