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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a research assistant post starting from 3 July 2017 until 30 September 2017, to join a research programme with Prof. Trevor Robbins and Dr. Johan Alsiö at the Department of Psychology. The successful applicant will take part in our basic research on the neural basis of reinforcement learning and cognitive flexibility in rodents, with the goal to understand human disorders characterised by inflexible behaviour, e.g. drug addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

The successful candidate will be expected to manage and conduct experiments under supervision by senior researchers. These experiments combine neuropharmacology, chemogenetics, gene silencing, and gene expression profiling with behavioural testing in touchscreen paradigms. Duties include behavioural testing, regulated procedures (to include surgical techniques, systemic injections, microinfusions into the brain, brain stimulation, tissue collection and perfusions), and histological processing of biological material (e.g. cannula placements or expression of transgenes). The post holder will also be expected to contribute to the analysis and interpretation of results and will present their findings at lab meetings.

We are looking for an applicant who has substantial experience with rodent behavioural testing and a keen interest in behavioural neuroscience. A personal licence (PIL) to perform regulated procedures in the UK is required for this position; training in stereotaxic techniques and/or in-vivo microdialysis and electrochemistry would also be valuable. In addition, applicants should have excellent communication skills, be comfortable planning and organising behavioural experiments, and be able to work as part of a team.

If you have a strong background in behavioural neuroscience or neuropharmacology and if you wish to develop your scientific skills further in a collaborative and productive environment, we would like to hear from you.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Johan Alsiö (

Further information may be downloaded below.

Please note that there is some flexibility with regard to starting date and working hours (e.g. part time) for this post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 3 months from 3 July 2017 until 30 September 2017.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PJ11604 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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