Job ID: 119275

Postdoc in Neurophysiology

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 20 June 2024

Employment Start Date: 1 August 2024

Contract Length: 2 years

City: Aberdeen

Country: United Kingdom

Institution: University of Aberdeen

Department: Rowett Institute


Obesity and type 2 diabetes are among the global health care challenges of the 21st century.  The University of Aberdeen has a 100-year history of ground-breaking science in nutrition and health, principally led by researchers within the Rowett Institute (RI).  An understanding of the neurobiological and genetic mechanisms regulating physical activity, energy expenditure and food intake is essential to successful prevention and treatment of obesity and associated conditions. The brain represents the master coordinator of voluntary physical activity and appetite, employing a number of interwoven neurological circuits to continually appraise and respond to changes in energy balance.

We seek to recruit a highly motivated post-doctoral fellow committed to a career in research, providing consistent and continuous high level intellectual and practical input to a dynamic research group. Particular skills and experience required include molecular biology, histochemistry and in vivo metabolic phenotyping. The successful candidate will be required to function as an outstanding post-doctoral fellow, running an independent project leading to publications and presentations.  The successful candidate will also be required to supervise more junior laboratory members.  The position is funded through a collaboration with a pharmaceutical company.

The project will employ the latest neuroscience technology to define the function of receptors in specific brain regions.  Techniques include:

  • Fibre photometry
  • Gene knockdown
  • Metabolic phenotyping
  • Imaging, such as lightsheet and confocal
  • Molecular biology analysis of tissues

Training will be provided to enable the successful candidate to extend and complement their existing skills.

To apply:

The research will be conducted at the University of Aberdeen.  Aberdeen is Scotland’s third largest city and sits on the coast between the mountains of Aberdeenshire and the stunning North Sea coastline. The Aberdeen City region is a can-do place that is actively investing, at scale, in its future.  The City and the surrounding countryside provide a variety of urban, seaside and country attractions. Aberdeen has first class amenities and is framed by its accessible beach front which is within a short walk of the city centre.  There are an array of activities available across the region such as hill walking; mountaineering; sailing; surfing; salmon, trout and sea fishing; golf; sailing; surfing and windsurfing. The surrounding countryside, known as Aberdeenshire, is also one of Scotland’s most appealing regions. Royal Deeside and the Cairngorms National Park are within easy access of the city.  The city and the surrounding area have ranked consistently highly in nationally recognised quality of life surveys, coming out top 10 as one of the best places to live in Scotland in 2020 in the annual Bank of Scotland survey.  To find out more