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Research Associate
Oxford Road, Manchester

Job reference: BMH-018893

Location: Oxford Road, Manchester

Closing date (DD/MM/YYYY): 25/05/2022

Salary: £33,309 to £40,927 per annum, depending on experience

Employment type: Fixed Term

Faculty/Organisation: Biology, Medicine & Health

Division: Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology

Hours per week: Full Time

Contract Duration: Fixed term form the 1st of January 2023 for 26 Months

School / Directorate: School of Biological Sciences

We are seeking a researcher to join a collaborative project between Manchester and Cambridge, funded by the Wellcome Trust.

The project focuses on the role of neuronal activity in facilitating the emergence of network function late in Drosophila 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. The specific focus of this post is how altered neural activity is sensed and transduced by a developing nervous system, with specific interest in cellular redox states.

You will have expertise in electrophysiology (whole cell and/or loose patch) and in Drosophila genetics. You will gain experience in supervising/mentoring other researchers providing you with skills needed to develop your career further.

Information about the lab group the position will be based in:

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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Manager: Prof Richard Baines


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.


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