Connecting European Neuroscience

Post-doctoral position in London and Nottingham/UK

12 April 2019

Post-doctoral position in London and Nottingham/UK

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London and Nottingham/UK


We are seeking to appoint two postdoctoral research associates (PDRA) to join an interdisciplinary team of engineers and neuroscientists researching how the mechanical properties of neurons and glia change in the ageing brain, particularly in the hippocampus, and the neurophysiological consequences of these mechanical perturbations.

Successful applicants will join an international network of bioengineers using innovative approaches to tackle major, unmet challenges in ageing, dementia and neurodegenerative diseases. The positions offer access to world-leading institutions for the study of mechanobiology, neurophysiology, healthcare engineering, and neurodegenerative disorders.

These positions will be carried out in the laboratories of Dr Emad Moeendarbary (University College London) and Dr Graham Sheridan (University of Nottingham).

You will be required to:
• Perform neuronal, glial and organotypic brain slice cultures
• Prepare acute hippocampal slices for electrophysiology, live-cell calcium imaging, and atomic force microscopy
• Perform in vivo behavioural studies
• Perform molecular biological techniques, including PCR, Western blot, ELISA and immunofluorescence
• Work effectively as a team member and collaborate with local partners

You should have a range of interdisciplinary skills. In particular, we invite candidates with proven expertise in several of the following:
• Electrophysiology (e.g. patch-clamp recordings) and/or live-cell imaging applied to neurophysiological research
• Bioengineering, mechanobiology, microfluidics or atomic force microscopy
• Neuroinflammation, neurodegenerative diseases or the ageing brain
• Theoretical and applied engineering
• Culturing primary rodent neurons, glial cells, or brain slices
• Advanced super-resolution or traction force microscopy techniques

Proposed start date: 1st August 2019

Informal enquiries should be made to Graham Sheridan ( and Emad Moeendarbary (

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2 years
University College London and University of Nottingham

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Graham Sheridan
School of Pharmacy & Biomolecular Sciences

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