Job ID: 114092

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neuroscience

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 6 August 2023

City: Bristol

Country: United Kingdom

Institution: University of Bristol



Postdoctoral Research Associate in Neuroscience


Job Number: ACAD106965

Contract Type/Work Pattern: Open ended/Full time

Salary: £36,333 – £40,745 per annum


The role

Investigating astrocyte mechanisms in depression.


A postdoctoral position is available in Glia and Psychiatry Lab led by Dr Valentina Mosienko at the University of Bristol (Glia and Psychiatry Lab – Mosienko). We are looking for an enthusiastic, curious and driven individual who will join the team to investigate the role astrocytic lactate plays in depression aetiology and therapeutic effects of antidepressants.


The candidate will work on topics across Glia Biology, Behavioural Neuroscience and Psychiatry using a wide range of methods including cell-type specific manipulation of gene expression in vivo using viral approach, behavioural testing in mouse models, in vivo amperometry, molecular and cellular biology techniques such as immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridisation and FISH, RT-qPCR and cell-type specific gene sequencing.


The candidate will embed within a multidisciplinary and dynamic team of researchers and vibrant Neuroscience community at the University of Bristol. The project will provide a unique chance to receive training in in vivo techniques including measurements of brain metabolites in vivo in behaving animals, and behavioural testing in mouse models. You will have ample opportunities to grow in areas of behaviour, molecular and cellular neuroscience, as well as to collaborate with bioinformaticians, present your work at conferences, and contribute to publishing original research and review papers.


What will you be doing?

Primary research responsibilities will include stereotaxic brain surgeries, running and analysing behavioural experiments, brain metabolite measurements in behaving animals and analysis of brain tissue. The candidate will also be involved in day-to-day project management and supporting training and supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate lab members. The candidate will be encouraged to participate in outreach activities and teaching.


You should apply if

Candidates should hold (or will be close to receiving) a PhD in Neuroscience or related disciplines and have a prior research experience in the area of behavioural, or cellular/molecular neuroscience. Competitive candidates will have experience working with animal models either to evaluate their behaviour, or to perform stereotaxic brain surgeries or to analyse their brain tissue using staining or molecular techniques. The ideal candidate for this role is well-organised, enthusiastic about working with animals in the field of Psychoneuroimmunology, and eager to learn new techniques and to work as part of a group.


The position is funded by the Medical Research Council and is available for an initial 2.5 years, with the possibility of extension for another 2 years.


Additional information

For any inquiries, please, contact Dr Valentina Mosienko at


Closing date: 6 August 2023.


Please note: Interviews will take place within two weeks of the closing date.


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