Research Associate in Neuroscience

Imperial College London Department of Brain Sciences

United Kingdom

Job summary

Mitochondria are required for the production of ATP and many other key substrates required for cellular growth and survival. They are also at the centre of various metabolic plasticity mechanisms and are key players in adaptive cellular responses to physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Mitochondrial regulation of energy production, anabolic growth and metabolic plasticity is regulated by the passive and active exchange of ions...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02300
  • Date posted 24 February 2021
  • Closing date 24 March 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location Hammersmith Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,858 – £46,345 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Brain Sciences
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Mitochondria are required for the production of ATP and many other key substrates required for cellular growth and survival. They are also at the centre of various metabolic plasticity mechanisms and are key players in adaptive cellular responses to physiological and pathophysiological conditions.

Mitochondrial regulation of energy production, anabolic growth and metabolic plasticity is regulated by the passive and active exchange of ions through the mitochondrial membrane, by the activity of various mitochondrial enzymes, and by changes in mitochondrial biomass.

A Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr Kambiz Alavian in the Department of Brain Sciences at Imperial College London.

Duties and responsibilities

    • To take initiatives in the planning of research
    • To direct the work of small research teams
    • To identify and develop suitable techniques, and apparatus, for the collection and analysis of data
    • To conduct data analysis
    • To ensure the accuracy, validity and reliability of data at all times
    • To maintain accurate and complete records of all experimental work and findings
    • To present findings to colleagues and at conferences
    • To undertake appropriate administration tasks
    • To take part in minimal teaching activities, including giving a lecture or two per year
    • To provide guidance to staff and students
    • To attend relevant workshops and conferences as necessary
    • To promote the reputation of the lab, the Department and the College
    • Contribute to bids for research grants
    • To conduct and plan own scientific work with appropriate supervision.
    • To publish in high quality journals and to present data at national and international meetings.
    • To participate in lab meetings and internal seminars.
    • To work flexibly with regard to duties and hours worked.

Essential requirements

    • Research Associate: Hold a PhD (or equivalent) in Neuroscience or a closely related discipline
    • Research Assistant: Near completion of a PhD (or equivalent) in Neuroscience or a closely related discipline
    • Extensive knowledge of neuronal and synaptic physiology
    • Knowledge of research methods and statistical procedures
    • Practical experience within a research environment and publication in relevant and refereed journals
    • Dealing with specific groups of people, e.g. collaborators
    • Expertise in patch clamp electrophysiology or optogenetics
    • Good knowledge of different computer programs with experience in data presentation and statistical analyses

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a PhD degree in neuroscience or a related field, with demonstrable expertise in neuronal, synaptic, or ion channel physiology, evident from high-quality peer-reviewed publications. You will have a strong work ethic, excellent organizational and communication skills, and critical and independent thinking abilities. You will be expected to work efficiently as part of a team, as well as independently to manage a programme of research and to meet the research goals of the lab. Also, you will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals and to participate in the scholarly activities of the lab.

Further information

The position is funded by the US National Institute of Health and is offered for 1 year, in the first instance, with the possibility of extension for another 3 years, dependent on performance and availability of funding.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

Should you require any further details on the role please contact: Dr Kambiz Alavian – k.alavian@imperial.ac.uk


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