Postdoctoral Research Assistant post in neuroscience at Univ of Oxford, UK

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Postdoctoral Research Assistant post in neuroscience at Univ of Oxford, UK

Postdoctoral Research Assistant University of Oxford – Department Of Physiology, Anatomy And Genetics

Grade 7: Salary £28,983 – £35,646 p.a.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join a team working under the direction of Professor Gero Miesenböck on neural circuitry in fruit flies.
The postholder will be responsible for conducting experiments on the role of sleep in memory formation. This involves the synthesis and maintenance of fly stocks, the construction and validation of vectors for expression of transgenes, the genotyping of fly stocks, brain dissection and immunostaining, confocal imaging of live and fixed samples, two-photon microscopy and whole-cell patch-clamp recordings of live brains, and behavioural assays.
Applicants must have a PhD/DPhil or equivalent in neuroscience; a knowledge and understanding of the scientific background relating to the research projects under investigation (in particular, the role of sleep in memory formation); substantial experience in the study of Drosophila behavioural genetics and neuroanatomy; significant experience with advanced light microscopy techniques (in particular, confocal microscopy); and laboratory experience of the molecular biology techniques relevant to generate transgenic lines of Drosophila.
Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Miesenböck via email (
Further particulars and details of how to apply are available from the website at or by email to
The post is funded by the Medical Research Council initially, and then by a Wellcome Trust/Gatsby award and is offered for a fixed-term period of three years.

The successful applicant is required to start as soon as possible. The postholder will be based in the Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, Sherrington Building, Parks Road, Oxford OX1 3PT.
Please quote reference AV10033.

The closing date for applications is 12 October 2010.