Research Fellow in Molecular Neuroscience

United Kingdom
Aug 08, 2017
Sep 04, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in neuroscience or cell biology? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

We are looking for an enthusiastic, ambitious and self-motivated scientist to join the labortory of Professor Nikita Gamper on a 3-year fixed term BBSRC-funded project (Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council). In this project we aim to build upon our recent findings on the specificity of intracellular signaling in neurons to elucidate localised signalling cascades in pain-sensing (nociceptive) sensory neurons. Our prime focus will be on the multi-protein signaling complexes assembled at junctions between the plasma membrane and endoplasmic reticulum in nociceptors. The project is multidisciplinary and involves imaging (including super-resolution microscopy), electrophysiology, biochemical, molecular-biological, and in vivo behavioural studies.

You will perform fluorescent imaging (including super-resolution microscopy) and electrophysiology (patch-clamp, current clamp) on DRG neurones from rats and mice as well as recordings from immortalised cell lines transfected with ion channels/receptors of interest. This will often be done in conjunction with pharmacological and cell biology tests. Routine biochemistry and molecular biology as well behavioural tests on rats and mice will also be performed. You will liaise with the super-resolution microscopy team in US and with proteomics specialists at Dundee Cell Products. You will be expected to plan your experiments methodically and keep detailed records of your work, preparing figures and data for verbal presentation and contributing to writing the manuscripts of research papers.

You will have a PhD in neuroscience, physiology or cell biology (or equivalent), the ability to use sophisticated equipment, good communication skills, and the ability to work as part of a team.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences gained a Bronze award in 2014 and submitted an application for a Silver award in April 2017. We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information.


To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Nikita Gamper, Professor of Neuroscience

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7923, email:


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