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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research associate position within the Williams-Gray/Barker lab (with possible extension subject to funding). The lab works at the interface of clinical and laboratory science, aiming to better understand the clinical heterogeneity of Parkinson's disease and the underlying biological basis of this, with a view to developing more targeted and personalized therapies. The successful candidate will contribute to an expanding programme of research investigating how immune activation and protein aggregation interact to drive the progression of Parkinson's disease. The role will focus particularly on using PET and MR neuroimaging to investigate these mechanisms. The post holder will play an integral role in a major established longitudinal study using neuroimaging measures of inflammation and tau deposition, alongside blood and cerebrospinal fluid markers, to investigate the basis of cognitive decline and dementia in Parkinson's. In addition, they will have the opportunity to contribute to related projects running within the lab, including neuropathological studies, immunophenotyping and biomarker studies, mechanistic in-vitro studies, and an ongoing clinical trial of an immunosuppressant drug in Parkinson's disease.

We seek applicants with a PhD in neuroscience, and relevant experience and specialist knowledge in the fields of neuroimaging and neurodegeneration. The successful candidate will ideally have experience in neuroimaging. The post holder will work within a close clinical and scientific team of research assistants, doctoral students, post-doctoral researchers and clinicians. They will be expected to work in a team environment and to support and contribute to other related collaborative projects.

For questions relating to the post, please contact Dr Caroline Williams-Gray via email:

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 and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

Closing date: 13th October 2022

Interview date: to be confirmed

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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.

Please quote reference ZE33240 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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