Research Assistant in dopamine and astrocyte biology in health and Parkinson’s disease
University of Oxford

Research Assistant in dopamine and astrocyte biology in health and Parkinson’s disease

United Kingdom 01 Mar 2021


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Research Assistant in dopamine and astrocyte biology in health and Parkinson’s disease

Fixed term post for 3 Years onGrade 6: £29,176 - £34,804 p.a.

The Cragg Group at the University of Oxford have been awarded a 3-year MRC Project Grant to explore the role of astrocytes in the regulation of dopamine function in health and parkinsonism. We are now seeking to appoint a Research Assistant to work as part of this exciting collaboration.

The successful candidate will become a member of the Cragg group and will assist with studies to elucidate dopamine transmission, its regulation and dysregulation by activity in astrocytes and related signaling molecules in mouse brain. There will be a focus on studying dopamine neurotransmission using real-time methods like fast-scan cyclic voltammetry and imaging of fluorescent reporters, in brain slices in mouse models of Parkinson’s disease. The candidate will have the opportunity to collaborate on projects with the Cragg Group’s internal and external partners and when appropriate, give advice and guidance to other members of the Group. The candidate will have responsibility for conducting, analyzing and interpreting scientific data generated from experiments, ensuring that the data are of the highest quality.

In addition to having, or nearing completion of, a first degree in a relevant science, candidates should have laboratory experience and some knowledge of the field of neuroscience. The candidate should also be able to manage their own research and administrative activities. The candidate needs experience of following and adapting protocols and selecting appropriate experimental methodologies. Experience of working with mice is desirable.

The post holder will work in the Group led by Professor Stephanie Cragg, and will be based at the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Sherrington Building, Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PT.

This is a full-time, fixed-term post available for up to 3 years funded by the MRC. Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory security screening.

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Closing date for applications is noon on Monday 1st March 2021.

Interviews are likely to be held the week beginning 15th March 2021.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

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