Salary: Grade 7: £32,817 – £40,322 p.a.
Contract type: The post is available immediately until 30th June 2024.

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral neuronal cell biologist to work on a research project at the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre (OPDC) to functionally identify new genes underlying Parkinson’s disease.

This is an exciting opportunity to undertake CRISPRi functional screening in induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived dopamine neurons. This project will undertake a functional analysis of GWAS loci to identify new genes underlying the cellular pathology of Parkinson’s, focused on the endolysosomal system to better understand the molecular mechanisms of the disease.

Duties include design and implementation of experiments; interpretation of data; design, generation and use of CRISPRi technology; high-content imaging analysis; differentiation and analysis of iPSC-derived neurons and cell lines; preparation of data for publication; contribute ideas for new research projects and develop ideas for generating research income; manage own academic research involving small-scale project management and act as a source of information to other members of the group.

You will have excellent practical experience of working with cell cultures, preferably using iPSC models or neurons, and a good knowledge of cellular models of neurodegenerative disease. The ability to innovate, trouble-shoot technical problems, be meticulous in practical work and in record keeping is also essential. Applicants must hold, or be near completion of, a PhD/DPhil in a relevant area of research and have experience in cellular neuroscience, and molecular cell biology relevant to analysis of neuronal phenotypes.

The post is available immediately until 30th June 2024. The post will be based in the Laboratory of Molecular Neurodegeneration, Kavli Institute for Nanoscience Discovery, South Parks Road, Oxford.

Informal enquiries may be directed Professor Richard Wade-Martins >

Closing date for applications is midday on Tuesday 13th July 2021. Interviews are likely to be held on the week beginning 19th July 2021.

Applications are particularly welcome from women, black and minority ethnic candidates who are under-represented in academic posts in Oxford.

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