We are looking to recruit a dedicated, experienced and well organised Part Time Senior Research Laboratory Technician in the Department of Zoology. The post holder will provide specialist support to a neurobiology research group performing behavioural, electrophysiological and neuropharmacological experiments on insects. The position is available from 1 October for up to three years.
The post-holder will provide general lab assistance to facilitate the daily running of the lab, maintain storage and accessibility of lab equipment, chemicals, dyes and fixatives, provide basic stock and electrolyte solutions and will help to run the research group insect colonies on a weekly basis.
In particular s/he will test the auditory behaviour of insects and test the impact of pharmacological agents on cricket phonotactic behaviour, support ongoing research projects by isolating larval crickets and by identifying female crickets with positive phonotactic responses.
S/he will perform computer based processing and analysis of recordings of insect behaviour and of electrophysiological recordings from insect nervous systems, make and analyse sound and video recordings of insects. S/he will undertake the fabrication and testing of microprobes and extracellular recording electrodes for pharmacological and electrophysiological experiments. This requires accurate measurements of electrodes and administration of pharmacological agents.
We expect good communication skills as s/he will be working in an active research team.
Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for up to 36 months.
Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.
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