Research Associate

Updated: 8 days ago
Location: Cardiff, WALES


Cardiff School of Biosciences



Schools of Biosciences and Psychology
Research Associate

A research associate position is available within the Schools of Biosciences and Psychology, in the laboratories of Professor Fox, Professor Honey and Dr O’Neil supporting the project Cortical pathways and synaptic mechanisms for texture discrimination learning in rodents, funded by BBSRC.
The post holder will be required to study the synaptic plasticity associated with texture learning in cortical areas processing information between primary somatosensory cortex and the hippocampus. The project is a collaboration between the schools of Biosciences and Psychology funded by a 3 year BBSRC grant. Using chemogenetics, Neuropixel recordings and behavioural techniques we will identify cortical areas downstream from primary somatosensory cortex involved in texture processing and explore structural plasticity and in-task electrophysiology to identify mechanisms underlying tactile learning. Expertise in 2-photon imaging in vivo, behavioural techniques and/or chronic recording with multi-site electrodes is sought.
This position is full-time and fixed term for 3 years. The role holder will need to be available to start no later than 1st April 2020.
Salary: £33,797 - £40,322 per annum (Grade 6) 

For informal enquiries please contact [email protected]
Important note: Interviews will be held on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd March.  Invited applicants will be required to give a 10 minute presentation detailing your research work relevant to the position.
Date advert posted: Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Closing date: Saturday, 15 February 2020
Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

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Job Description

To conduct research within Neuroscience and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

* To conduct research within Neuroscience and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.
* To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals
* To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required
* To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
* To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate
* To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field
* To participate in School research activities.
* To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects


* To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
* To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
* To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world
* Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Specification

Important note: It is the University’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number.

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education
1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in a related subject area or relevant industrial experience
2. To have or have held a Home office licence for recovery surgery or equivalent European licence

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
3. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within at least one of the following research fields:

i. Neuroscience of plasticity
ii. Neuroscience of sensory systems
iii. In vivo research skills
4. Proven experience in Electrophysiology
5. Proven ability to publish in international journals/high-quality journals
6. Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies

Communication and Team Working
7. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication
8. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals

9. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work
10. Proven ability to work without close supervision

Desirable Criteria

11. Track record of post-doctoral research in the following areas
i. Studies into learning, memory and/or synaptic plasticity in rodents
ii. Neuroscience of the sensory cortex
iii. Use of indwelling electrodes in behaving rodents

Job Category

Academic - Research

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