Applications are sought for a post-doctoral research associate to be part of a 7-year, multi-disciplinary team whose aim is to cure epilepsy using optogenetics (http://www.cando.ac.uk/). The specific role for this post will be to investigate how to control or modulate brain activity using light-sensitive proteins (optogenetics). A key aim will be testing brain-machine interfaces for recording neural activity, and which then drives the light-delivery systems. These will be tested in rodent models of epilepsy. The local team is a leading centre for research in these fields, with particular excellence in epilepsy research, biomedical engineering for optogenetics, brain-machine interfaces and optogenetic design.
This post is tenable for 3 years. The project is funded by Wellcome Trust / EPSRC.
The candidate will have a PhD and a strong academic background in systems neuroscience or a related field. Experience of in vivo or in vitro electrophysiology, epilepsy, neuronal imaging, optogenetics and/or neuronal oscillations is desirable.
The candidate will work independently and as part of a team, collecting and analysing data, communicating research and preparing papers, and will have a track record of peer-reviewed journal publications. Programming abilities, mathematical skills and/or electronics experience are desirable.
Additional Salary Information: Starting at £28,132-29,837, with progression to £36,661
The Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University, is one of the leading UK research centres for Neuroscience, with particular strengths in mitochondrial function, brain-machine interfaces, primate research, ageing, and epilepsy.