Job ID: 116365

Research Assistant in systems neuroscience lab

Position: Technician

Deadline: 25 September 2023

Employment Start Date: 6 November 2023

Contract Length: 12 months with possibility of extension

City: Edinburgh

Country: United Kingdom

Institution: University of Edinburgh

Department: Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences


Grade – UE06: £31,396.00 – £36,024.00 Per Annum

CMVM/Edinburgh Medical School/Deanery of Biomedical Sciences/Centre for Discovery Brain sciences

Full-time, 35 hours per week

Contract Type – Fixed-Term, 12 months in first instance with possibility of extension.

We are looking for a motivated research assistant to support basic research into visual cortex computation in mice in the lab of Rebecca Jordan. This will involve undertaking fundamental laboratory tasks such as rodent colony management, solution preparation, histology, and surgery.

The Opportunity:

You will contribute to a programme of high-quality research combining in vivo optical, electrophysiological, and behavioural experiments to determine the mechanisms of sensorimotor learning and integration in the visual cortex. The candidate will support data collection for original research by contributing to rodent colony management, lab maintenance, and solution making. In addition, the candidate may assist with histology, surgical procedures for whole cell recordings in vivo, mouse behavioural training, and data analysis as appropriate.

For further information on the role, please contact Rebecca via email at

Your skills and attributes for success:

  • Undergraduate degree in Biology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or another relevant subject area
  • Applicants must hold or be willing to obtain a Home Office Personal Licence (PIL) for working with mice
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills to facilitate effective collaboration and teamwork
  • Effective organisation and record-keeping skills

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