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Research Assistant/Associate: Understanding cognition and social behaviour in sheep (Fixed Term)

We are looking for a highly motivated research associate to join a research team led by Professor Jenny Morton. The team is based in Cambridge; the work is conducted in Cambridge and South Australia. The purpose of this project is to use objective measures to understand the mechanisms underlying cognitive dysfunction, abnormalities in social interactions and sleep disorder in Huntington's disease (HD).

You will be part of a research team that has pioneered novel methods for investigating behaviour in normal and transgenic sheep models of HD. You will work closely with other post doctoral researchers and research assistants to provide experimental and field trip assistance for the project as necessary. You will be using and testing novel methods for investigating behaviour in normal and transgenic HD sheep. This will include the use of semi-automated touchscreen methods we have developed.

Applicants must have a higher degree or ideally a PhD (PhD is required for Research Associate position) in experimental psychology, behavioural neuroscience or a related field. Applicants will need to hold a Home Office personal licence. Experience with Matlab is highly desirable. The post will require some weekend work and a flexible approach to working hours.

HD is an incurable neurodegenerative genetic disorder that causes progressive deterioration of movement and cognitive function, as well as changes in psychiatric domains such as anxiety and depression. Recently, sleep abnormalities have also been identified in HD patients. The study is part of a larger project led by Professor Jenny Morton, studying the effects of neurodegeneration in HD and developing interventions to prevent progression of the disease. The results will have broad relevance to the fields of animal behaviour and cognitive and systems neuroscience. This post is part of a project funded by CHDI Inc, a charitable foundation based in the USA that funds research into HD.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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.

Applications should include a covering letter and curriculum vitae and include the names of three referees.

The position is available immediately. Informal enquiries should be made to Prof Jenny Morton, email

Please quote reference PM12351 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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