Research Associate - UK Dementia Research Institute
The Franks-Wisden lab invites applications from dynamic, creative, and highly motivated scientists for a Research Associate position that will take a leading role in the following project: Enhancing sleep as a treatment for people living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. This project will investigate possibilities for enhancing sleep by stimulating novel circuitry using bioelectronic engineering and genetic approaches. These roles...
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- Reference NAT01381
- Date posted 3 March 2023
- Closing date 26 March 2023
The Franks-Wisden lab invites applications from dynamic, creative, and highly motivated scientists for a Research Associate position that will take a leading role in the following project:
Enhancing sleep as a treatment for people living with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
This project will investigate possibilities for enhancing sleep by stimulating novel circuitry using bioelectronic engineering and genetic approaches.
These roles are part of the UK Dementia Research Institute at Imperial College London, located in the Dept Life Sciences. Postdocs in the UK DRI at Imperial enjoy excellent career development opportunities with:
- Access to a range of cutting-edge technologies, i.e., optogenetics, viral transduction, electronic circuit design, neurotechnology, animal behaviour
- An inclusive, collegial, team-oriented working environment.
- Strong national links through the UK DRI with attendance at its annual scientific meeting ‘Connectome’.
- Support from the Postdoc and Fellows Development Centre (PFDC) and Imperial and UK DRI ECR Communities
- The opportunity to mentor, supervise and teach students
Duties and responsibilities
As a Research Associate in the UK DRI, you will:
- Build on your existing skills and experience to address major components of this project independently.
- Present research findings as written reports, at conferences, within the College and as published manuscripts.
- Take initiative in the planning of research, with clear and timely communications to the Group Leader and relevant researchers.
- Contribute to the smooth running of the lab and facilities, acting collegiately with other scientists, clinicians, technicians and students
- Provide guidance to staff and assist in the supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate research students, as required
- Maintain highly organised and accurate records of experimental work
- Undertake appropriate scientific and professional training.
You will be a motivated and organised researcher, excited by the science we do.
Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in neuroscience or in neurotechnology or electronic engineering, or a related area
Practical experience of e.g., electronics and/or electronic circuit design, or e.g., optogenetics, and an interest in pursuing animal behavioural experiments.
Alternatively, you will be a researcher with experience in mouse behaviour, neural circuit manipulation, but also wanting to take part in neurotechnology development.
You will also demonstrate the following:
- Ability to conduct a structured review of relevant literature
- Ability to develop and apply new concepts
- Creative approach to problem-solving
- Excellent verbal communication skills and the ability to deal with a wide range of people
- Excellent written communication skills and the ability to write clearly and succinctly for publication
This position is offered full time fixed term until 31 October 2025. You will be based at South Kensington Campus.
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Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £38,194 - £41,388 per annum.
Candidates will need to complete an online application; CVs alone will not be accepted.
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About Imperial College London
Imperial College London is the UK’s only university focussed entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business and we are consistently rated in the top 10 universities in the world.
You will find our main London campus in South Kensington, with our hospital campuses located nearby in West and North London. We also have Silwood Park in Berkshire and state-of-the-art facilities in development at our major new campus in White City.
We work in a multidisciplinary and diverse community for education, research, translation and commercialisation, harnessing science and innovation to tackle the big global challenges our complex world faces.
It’s our mission to achieve enduring excellence in all that we do for the benefit of society – and we are looking for the most talented people to help us get there.
Please note that job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, and the post-holder may be required to undertake other duties, which are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.
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