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Research Assistant/Associate in Implantable Neurotechnologies (Fixed Term)

A position exists, for a Research Assistant/Associate in the Department of Engineering, to design, fabricate and validate implantable devices that deliver chemicals/drugs with precise spatial and temporal control as part of a broader BBSRC project to develop new technologies to advance our understanding of the brain.

Background to the Project: Our ability to understand the brain is currently constrained by the absence of minimally invasive tools for controlled chemical delivery inside tissue. This post will explore a new solution to this problem: a tiny implant with neuron-like features that neuroscientists can use to safely deliver a wide range of chemicals in the brain with precise control of when, where and how much chemical is delivered. The realization of this tool will enable new discoveries concerning how the brain works and what can be done when it goes wrong.

The successful candidate will have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD or equivalent in Engineering/Physical Sciences and experience in experimental techniques in at least 2 of the following: - Iontophoresis - Organic electronics - Microdialysis - In vivo validation - Microfabrication

She/he will be able to function within a large team, coordinate with multiple partners and communicate across disciplines. She/he will have collaborated with experimental neuroscience groups, have experience with in vivo models and a strong publication record in relevant journals.

The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD or equivalent. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £26,715 - £30,942 Research Associate: £32,816 - £40,322

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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

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Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Chris Proctor ( for queries of a technical nature and Kirsty Shepherd for queries about the application process (

Please quote reference NM22781 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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