Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
February 22, 2024
Offerd Salary:£29,605-£33,966
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Contract Type:Fixed-term: The fund
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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

About Us:

The Neural Network Development Group (https: // www. network-development) is studying how nervous systems develop and become functional. We work with Drosophila as a model and are seeking a motivated individual with prior experience to support existing activities in our team.

The Role

You will be part of a friendly, collaborative team focused on understanding how early life experiences during so-called 'critical periods' of development have lasting impacts on nervous system function; for example, by determining nerve cell growth and excitability. This project uses the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model system. We have discovered that different temperatures experienced during development (e.g. hot vs cold) change how the nervous system develops and functions. For example, when a fly embryo experiences heat stress for just two hours, its nervous system develops sub-optimally, and the resultant larva behaves abnormally and is susceptible to seizures. We have discovered a role for metabolic reactive oxygen species in shaping neuromuscular junction development and now seek additional support to explore this more effectively.

Your role includes fly husbandry and genetics, dissections, immuno-staining and imaging of larvae; followed by image data analysis. You will be working closely with other members of the team. This part time role will benefit from a good level of expertise in several of the techniques, though training is available within the team.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Matthias Landgraf at [email protected]

The role will be based on site in the Department of Zoology, on a part time basis (20% FTE, ideally over more than one day).

Please upload a copy of your CV (2 sides of A4 maximum) and a covering letter (1 side of A4 maximum).

Interview dates: Interviews will be held between 26th and 29th February 2024 and may be conducted remotely.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Flexible working requests will be considered.

We particularly welcome applications from women andcandidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our University.

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If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Anastasia Nezhentseva.

Email: [email protected] Telephone: (0)1223 330117

Please quote reference PF40450 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information
  • Further Particulars
  • Department/Location

    Department of Zoology, Central Cambridge


    £29,605-£33,966 pro rata






    10 February 2024

    Closing date

    22 February 2024

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