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Research Assistant in Implantable Bioelectronics at University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship position in surgery to join University of Cambridge, UK. The funding allows successful candidates to work for 2 years in the first instance. Applications are welcome before July 28, 2020.

A position exists for a Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering to work on the surgical implantation of neural probes and drug delivery devices in rodent models, and carry out behavioural analysis and tissue processing to evaluate their performance. The post holder will be located in West Cambridge, both at the Electrical Engineering Building, 9 JJ Thomson Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 0FA (30%) and at Biomedical Services, The Mira Building, Charles Babbage Road, Cambridge, CB3 0FS (70%).

Neural probes containing arrays of microelectrodes and drug delivery devices are designed and microfabricated within the research group with the aim of treating a wide range of neurological conditions and cancers. The probes can be implanted into neural tissues to record electrical signals or used to electrically stimulate neural tissue in order to deliver therapy. The drug delivery devices are designed to deliver drugs in a spatiotemporally controlled manner for the treatment of glioblastoma and ependymoma. This position will focus on the surgical implantation of these devices into neural tissues – brain, spinal cord, and/or peripheral nerves – of rodent models (rats and mice). The role will also involve evaluation of implanted device performance through behavioural analysis of animals, and histological analysis of implanted devices and surrounding tissues. The position will require communication of the results to a highly multidisciplinary team, in order to aid in the development and validation of new implantable neural treatments.

Responsibilities and duties: 1. Animal surgery (surgery scholarships) and behaviour analysis The candidate will perform surgical procedures, including implantation of neural probes and drug delivery devices, and post-surgical care in rodent models, as well as behavioural analysis. The candidate will present the resulting information on research progress and outcomes to a multidisciplinary team of colleagues.

The candidate will process, stain, image and perform analysis on tissue resulting from in vivo experiments, and present information on research progress and outcomes to a multidisciplinary team of colleagues.

Skills, qualifications and experience: Applicants must have a BSc or equivalent in biology/engineering. He/she must have knowledge and experience in animal (rodent) work and possess a personal Home Office Licence or be willing to undertake the necessary training to obtain one. He/she should have particular experience in rodent surgery and behaviour analysis; tissue processing and histology; and neuroscience research. Ability to function within a large team, coordinate with colleagues and students, communicate across disciplines, and experience planning and managing day-to-day research activities

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions of a technical nature related to the role, please contact Prof George Malliaras (gm603@cam.ac.uk) and for all queries regarding the application process, please email Kirsty Shepherd at kjs64@cam.ac.uk
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