Salary: £29,301 - £38,183 Closing Date: 12 July 2017
Based in the Institute of Neuroscience, Newcastle University, you will be responsible for the day-to-day running of this project, which seeks to define the relative contributions of cortical and sub-cortical centres to different types of grasp. You will assist in behavioural training of animals and in implant surgeries, and will then gather electrophysiological recordings of neural activity during task performance. You will carry out analysis of these recordings, and then prepare publication quality figures and the first draft of manuscripts reporting the findings.
Prior experience of primate neuroscience, including behavioural training and assessment, would be an advantage but is not required.
A strong academic background to PhD level is essential, and prior knowledge of motor systems neuroscience, as well as good computational and quantitative skills would be an advantage. Excellent team skills are required to liaise with the many staff members with roles in this project, and a strong commitment to animal welfare and 3Rs.
About Newcastle University Institute of Neuroscience
Our research is on the control of movement by the brain and spinal cord. We all take precisely coordinated, effortless movements for granted, but movement requires complex, fast information processing. Patients whose motor systems have been affected by disease soon realise how difficult this is.
We have a special focus on the role of synchronous oscillations in the motor system, and sub-cortic...al systems for motor control. Research questions are investigated using a wide range of techniques, including experiments with in vivo systems, normal human volunteers and patients with neurological disorders. We are committed to the development of novel analytical methods to interpret experimental data. We also use computational modelling to investigate the complex, multi-component neural systems involved.
Most of our work is basic research - we are trying to understand how the brain controls movement in healthy individuals. This is a worthwhile challenge in itself. However, this knowledge is very likely to lead to new understanding of what goes wrong in disease. We have several collaborations with clinicians in Newcastle and overseas which allow us to exploit opportunities to apply our work as they arise.