Research Associate

Job Description

How does a photoreceptor synapse use mechanical motion to improve information transfer? Mikko Juusola’s lab at the University of Sheffield is seeking a Research Associate to study this question in the fruit fly Drosophila.

We study ultrafast morphodynamic adaptation in photoreceptor synapses to light changes using a range of methods, such as in vivo electrophysiology, fly genetics, flash-freezing Drosophila under controlled illumination, electron microscopy and computational modelling, often engineering custom equipment to suit our needs. You will design, develop and perform experiments and data analysis to elucidate how rapid ultrastructural changes, including mechanical movements, affect synaptic information processing and transfer. This work will also entail writing papers and presenting your findings at conferences and seminars. This research project is in collaboration with Professor Paul Verkade’s laboratory at the University of Bristol.

We seek self-motivated, innovative and creative candidates with a PhD in a relevant field (or equivalent experience), expertise in at least some of the above techniques, excellent communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a team. We encourage applications from diverse academic backgrounds, such as biology, neuroscience, experimental psychology, computer science, physics and engineering.

We’re one of the best not-for-profit organisations to work for in the UK. The University’s Total Reward Package includes a competitive salary, a generous Pension Scheme and annual leave entitlement, as well as access to a range of learning and development courses to support your personal and professional development.

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