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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

A Research Associate position is available within the group of Professors Frank Reimann and Fiona Gribble at the Institute of Metabolic Science (IMS). Supported by the Medical Research Council, this post will involve the use of single cell calcium imaging in brain slices to characterize the targets of gut hormones in the hypothalamus and their roles in the control of food intake and metabolism.

Scientists with substantial experience in the use of brain slices either for calcium imaging or electrophysiology are encouraged to apply. A background in studying the neurobiology of food intake is strongly desirable. The role holder will be responsible for establishing the system for live cell imaging in brain slices and will work closely with other members of the group who are studying these neuronal populations using different experimental approaches.

You will be expected to:

  • establish the technical setup for performing calcium imaging in brain slices
  • perform calcium imaging experiments in identified hypothalamic neuronal populations
  • present research work and data within the Institute, nationally and internationally and prepare and submit research for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • assist in providing instruction to graduate students and other members of the research group in the cellular imaging techniques
  • assist the Principal Investigators in preparation of manuscripts and proposals/applications to funding bodies

To be considered for this position, you must have:

  • a Ph.D. in cell biology or biochemistry, or a related discipline
  • extensive research experience in the use of brain slices for imaging and/or electrophysiology
  • understanding of the neurobiology of food intake regulation
  • presentation skills backed up by a record of national and/or international presentations
  • excellent interpersonal skills including ability to work effectively within a team
  • the ability to impart knowledge and skills to graduate students and other members of the research team including graduate students
  • the ability to troubleshoot experiments and develop novel research platforms
  • the ability to manage own workload in an organised way
  • excellent organisational skills including ability to organize and participate in collaborative research initiatives and projects
  • the ability to prepare and analyse data for publication in scientific journals and to present scientific data to peers in seminars and at conferences

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

Informal enquiries can be made to Prof Frank Reimann or Prof Fiona Gribble, Email: or

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Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing Date: 27th October 2020

Please quote reference RG24215 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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