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Post-doctoral Research Fellow in the Neuroscience of Memory

University of St Andrews
St Andrews, Fife (GB)
£36,333 - £39,592 pa
Closing date
Apr 18, 2023

We are seeking applications for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow to work on a BBSRC funded project in Professor James Ainge’s lab entitled ‘Lateral Entorhinal Cortex (LEC) and episodic memory: examining LEC's impact on pattern separation and neurogenesis’. The project will examine how new-born neurons contribute to memory for our everyday lived experience. This project provides an exciting opportunity to apply state of the art neuroscience techniques to help explain memory mechanisms in an understudied part of the brain’s memory network.  

The primary duties will be to conduct a combination of in vivo single unit recording and behavioural experiments to examine the neural mechanisms supporting episodic memory. The experiments will focus on the role of neurogenesis in memory and will make use of genetic and molecular tools to manipulate neurogenesis and LEC in combination with high density silicon probe (neuropixels) recordings. The candidate will work as part of a large interdisciplinary team that provides support for the postholder and expertise in both animal and human models of memory, animal behaviour and system neuroscience.  

The successful applicant will have (or be near to completion of) a PhD in a related discipline with expertise in the systems neuroscience techniques involved and/or behavioural analysis of animal cognition. They will also have experience in publishing scientific findings.   

This is a full-time position (36.25 hrs per week), on a fixed term contract for 36 months, starting 3 July 2023.  

Further details of the project and how to apply can be found here or by contacting; further details of the lab can be found on the Ainge Lab website.  

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