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UCL Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology, Division of Biosciences, Faculty of Life Sciences

NPP academic/Fellowship/support staff or researcher/technician vacancies and PhD studentship opportunities are posted here when available as well as on the UCL HR website:-

Research Associate position on Synaptic Degeneration and Restoration, available in the UCL Department of Cell and Developmental Biology:  

Closing date 8th Sept 2015

Applications are invited for postdoctoral scientists to work with Professors Patricia Salinas and Alasdair Gibb on a project aimed at unravelling the contribution of dysfunction of Wnt signalling in synapse degeneration and recovery in the striatum, an area affected in Parkinson’s disease (AD). Wnt proteins play a crucial role in the integrity of synapses in the adult brain. We recently found that defects in Wnt signalling triggers synapse degeneration in the striatum resulting in motor defects. The project is focused on the role of Wnt signalling in synaptic degeneration and recovery in the striatum. The applicant will use a range of electrophysiological and cellular approaches and will have access to state-of-the-art imaging facilities.

The posts are funded by the MRC for 1 year in the first instance, which could be extended for two further years. Salary (inclusive of London allowance) £33,353 - £40,313 per annum

Key Requirements

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in a relevant subject area and be interested in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms that modulate synaptic maintenance and plasticity. Expertise in cellular electrophysiology is required. Experience in cell imagining techniques would also be advantageous.

Further particulars, including a job description and person specification can be found in the UCL website Click Jobs at the bottom of the page and type the reference 1482720.

Closing date: 8 September 2015.

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Professor Patricia C Salinas directly on to find out more about the role, before submitting a formal application.

For any queries regarding the application process, please contact Biosciences Staffing on and quote the reference 1482720.

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