Research Associate: Spinal Projection Pathway Study
You are invited to apply for a Research Associate position to contribute to the start-up stage of a project funded by the Pain Relief Foundation, Liverpool, UK.
Your role will be to work on a project funded by the Pain Relief Foundation to Professor Francis McGlone and Dr Andy Marshall entitled “Spinal Projection Pathways”. The research aims to investigate, in a clinical model called cordotomy, if c-tactile afferents ascend in the spinothalamic tract. This research is based on the role of a recently characterised system of c-fibres that respond optimally to gentle stroking touch and whose central projections are currently unknown.
The 6 month post will primarily involve setting up the necessary technical equipment, data collection software, liaising with staff at Walter Centre for Neurology & Neurosurgery, establishing a data base for patient records and experimental output, and implementing behavioural and electrophysiological procedures prior to patient recruitment. You will have a track record in using these techniques and excellent interpersonal skills to liaise with staff at The Walton Centre, and with patients.
The required qualification and experience is a Master degree in Neurobiology/Neuroscience and preferably a PhD in a related field. You should have strong programming skills and experience in working with electrophysiological and psychophysical data. Experience with fMRI would be an advantage. You should also show strong motivation for independent research, the ability to communicate with other team members, and the will to assist with preparing future grant proposals.
Please note all of our vacancies will be closed to applications at midnight on the advertised closing date, unless otherwise stated.