Research Assistant at University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge is pleased to invite applicants to apply for a postdoctoral associate position in pharmacology. Applications should be sent before January 04, 2019.

Applications are invited for a Shionogi funded research associate position in the laboratory of Dr David Bulmer at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge. More information about the laboratory is available at We are looking for a motivated and innovative scientist to carry out a research project examining the role of specific sensory nerve fibre populations in the production of visceral pain in gastrointestinal disease.

A variety of techniques will be employed, including: ex-vivo electrophysiological recordings of colonic afferents, qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry in mouse and human tissue.

The role holder will be based in central Cambridge. The key duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: developing research objectives and conducting the research project, writing up research work for presentation and publication, continually updating knowledge and understanding in the research field, translating knowledge of advances in the subject area into research activity, managing own research and administrative activities, assisting in the preparation of proposals and applications to external bodies (e.g. for funding and contractual purposes), communicating material of a specialist or highly technical nature.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain shortly, a PhD in neuroscience or a related discipline. Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (26,243 – 30,395). Upon the award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (32,236 – 39,609 pa). Successful candidates will be expected to have demonstrable experience in electrophysiology. You must be a careful and methodical worker, paying attention to accuracy and ready to take responsibility as part of a team. You should be self-motivated and able to organise, perform and analyse experiments with minimal instruction.

The funds for this post are available for 1-year with effect from 1st Feb 2019 (with the possibility of funding being extended for a further 2-years subject to annual review).

The salary range if appointed as a Research Assistant is 26,243 – 30,395 per annum and Research Associate is 32,236 – 39,609 per annum

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr David Bulmer (

Applications from agencies will not be considered.

The online application is to include your personal details, names and addresses of referees, as well as your CV, research publications list and cover letter. For enquiries about the online application process please contact Miss Amparo Saez at


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