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Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral scholar position in zoology at University of Cambridge. Applications are invited up to November 09, 2018.

Two research assistant posts are available in the recently established Drosophila connectomics group headed by Greg Jefferis and Matthias Landgraf. The positions are funded by a 3.25M Wellcome Trust collaborative award to the Department of Zoology. Preferred start date from 3rd December 2018 but a later date may also be possible.

The research project is in collaboration with co-applicants from HHMI Janelia Research Campus in the US (Gerry Rubin, Davi Bock), the MRC LMB in Cambridge and the University of Oxford Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (Scott Waddell). The project reconstructs neurons and their connections from a recently completed electron microscopy (EM) volume of a whole adult fly brain. This will enable a comprehensive understanding of the neural circuits basis of memory storage and retrieval.

You will work in a highly collaborative team using web-based software to trace neuronal structures and connections. Sophisticated data analysis tools will be used to identify traced neurons and to analyse their organisational logic. Experienced senior staff will give full training in neuron tracing, data analysis and the required Drosophila neuroanatomy. We are looking for highly motivated individuals with a background in biological or physical/computational sciences and a long-term interest in understanding the circuit basis of brain function and behaviour. In exchange we will work to develop your research skills and scientific independence. You will be expected to contribute directly to scientific publications and to present your work at UK and international conferences. This is an opportunity to join at the very beginning of one of the first large scale connectomics efforts that will have a major impact on circuit neuroscience.

Interview dates: Wednesday the 14th November to Friday the 23rd November 2018

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available up until 30 September 2020.


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