16 May

Research Assistant Jobs Vacancy at University Edinburgh Edinburgh

Research Assistant
University Edinburgh
Edinburgh SCT
16 May, 2018 30+ days ago

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Research Assistant Jobs Vacancy at University Edinburgh Edinburgh Jobs Details:

We are seeking a highly motivated research assistant to join a newly established laboratory based at the Little France Campus of the University of Edinburgh.

The lab focuses on understanding the organisation, operation and development of spinal motor circuits using both Xenopus tadpoles and zebrafish larvae. The project aims to understand how Xenopus spinal motor circuit starts to generate flexible motor output during early development. Using mainly patch clamp technique we are going to investigate how electrical properties of spinal neurons develop, how neuronal interactions change, and how variable locomotion speed can be generated.

The applicants should have a MSc in Neuroscience or closely related field. It is required the appointee has research experience in electrophysiology, imaging or immunostaining. Patch clamping skills would be strongly desired. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team as well as semi-independently are crucial.

The post is full-time for a fixed term of 12 months, future extension is possible depending on funding availability.

Requests for informal enquiries should be sent to Dr HongYan Zhang (hongyan.zhang@ed.ac.uk); for further information about the laboratory please visit:

1. Job Details

Job Title: Research Assistant (Level 6)
School/Support Department: Deanery of Biomedical Sciences
Unit (if applicable): Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences
Line Manager: Dr Hongyan Zhang

2. Job Purpose

To continue the research project proposed in the BBSRC grant and provide research support for Dr Zhang’s group. Exploring new techniques which can help to improve the methodology currently not available in the lab. This entails performing required experiments, learning new techniques, assisting maintenance and breeding of zebrafish and Xenopus colony and supervising students. Also to assist with general lab organisation, including restocking common reagents and solutions.

3. Main Responsibilities

  • To conduct experiments proposed in the BBSRC grant application, and learning and establishing new technique in the lab. 50%
  • Assistance with zebrafish and Xenopus colony maintenance and breeding. 10%
  • Supervising lab students, providing technical support and involved in undergraduate practical course. Ensure relevant material and consumables are available for completion of their project. 20%
  • Maintenance of lab stocks, laboratory reagents and laboratory solutions according to schedules agreed with line manager. 20%

4. Planning and Organising

Work will be planned and discussed with the line manager every week. The post holder will agree a plan of action for completing the work. The post holder will have responsibility for an established workload. This will involve specific planning of technical and experimental tasks over relatively short timescales (weeks rather than months).

5. Problem Solving

The post holder will be expected to identify and resolve practical problems which they encounter in the course of their duties. They should seek advice from line manager and academic staff when they are unable to resolve problems.

6. Decision Making

The post holder, in consultation with the line manager, will have responsibility for prioritisation of own duties within an overall remit determined by the line manager. The post holder will be expected to make decisions concerning the most appropriate course of action, referring non-routine issues to the line manager. Decisions on changes to overall research methodology or need to adopt a different approach would be referred to line manager.

7. Key Contacts / Relationships

Internal: Line manager and members of the immediate research team (other researchers, students, technical support).
External: Any external contacts as appropriate to the work.

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

  • MSc degree in appropriate biological science.
  • Ideally should have research experience in Xenopus tadpole and/or zebrafish.
  • Good knowledge of electrophysiology, imaging or immunostaining.
  • Up-to-date knowledge of the latest developments in the relevant research area.
  • Good organisational skills
  • Good communication skills (oral and written)
  • Capacity to work with limited direct supervision

9. Dimensions

  • Work effectively with other members of the laboratory
  • In conjunction with the line manager, assist Honours and Masters students in basic technical skills.
  • Post-holder will be expected to ensure good animal and lab maintenance.

10. Job Context

Post-holder will ensure that they have read and signed all relevant forms relevant to safe working practices and will seek training, if needed, to comply with such regulations.

The role is grade UE06 and attracts an annual salary of £27,285 - £31,604 for 35 hours each week. Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

Pension Scheme
This role is grade UE06 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our pension’s website: http://www.ed.ac.uk/schools-departments/finance/pensions/scheme-details/uss

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK).
To do so, the University of Edinburgh requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example:

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website
  • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

Application Procedure
All applicants should apply online by clicking the “apply” button at the foot of this page. The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

Closing date: 15th June at 5pm.

Interview date
You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

The Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences

The Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences (CDBS) has recently been created from the merger of three research centres within the Deanery of Biomedical Sciences; the Centre for Integrative Physiology, the Centre for Cognitive and Neural Systems and the Centre for Neuroregeneration.
Specific areas of research focus include:
  • neuronal networks, neuroendocrine regulation and adaptive plasticity
  • ion channel physiology, signalling pathways and vesicle trafficking
  • developmental processes including gene regulatory networks and neuro developmental disorders
  • neural development and its relationship to repair
  • cell death and survival
  • neuron-glia interactions
  • hippocampal function, memory storage and retrieval
  • degeneration and dementia

For further details about the new Centre please contact Head.CDBS@ed.ac.uk

The Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

The Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences, which is headed by Professor Mike Shipston, employs around 350 staff mostly located in the central George Square area. Biomedical Sciences hosts the Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences (CDBS, Head: Professor David Wyllie) and the Division of Infection and Pathway Medicine (DIPM, Head: Professor Juergen Haas) and also has strong links with Edinburgh Infectious Diseases (EID, Head: Professor Rick Maizels). Research themes within Biomedical Sciences include: Genes and Development; Membrane Biology; Neural Control Systems; Cognition, Learning and Synaptic Plasticity; Neuropharmacology; Basic and Clinical Virology; and Bacterial Pathogenesis and Chemotherapy.

Also within Biomedical Sciences is the Biomedical Teaching Organisation (BMTO) which plays a vital role in the administration, coordination and implementation of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. The BMTO is responsible for the BSc Medical Sciences programme, twelve BSc Biological Sciences Honours Programmes, seven Bachelor of Medical Sciences Honours programmes, five BSc Veterinary Sciences Honours Programmes, nineteen Biomedical Sciences courses delivered to first to third year undergraduates and twenty-six Honours elective courses. In addition the BMTO has responsibility for the MSc programmes run by Biomedical Sciences.

Biomedical Sciences is located across a number of sites: the Chancellor’s Building and Queen’s Medical Research Institute at Little France; the Medical School in Teviot Place; the Hugh Robson Building, George Square and No 1 George Square.

In REF2014, the College submitted to three Units of Assessment (UoAs): UoA1 Clinical Medicine, UoA4, Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, and UoA6 Agriculture, Veterinary & Food Science. Most of the staff in Biomedical Sciences were returned in UoA4 (Neuroscience); this return was ranked 3rd in the UK out of 82 submissions. Forty nine percent of the return was rated 4*. Medicine, the University’s largest submission, was ranked joint fourth with Cambridge in the UK. Veterinary Medicine came 1st in the UK, and retained its position as the UK's top Vet School. The College's three REF submissions were the University's largest and also were some of the largest REF submissions in the UK, emphasising the enormous power of Edinburgh's research in human and animal medicine and health. We currently attract 157 research grants, worth a combined £42 m.

Biomedical Sciences holds a Silver Athena SWAN award, in recognition of excellence in science, engineering and technology employment in higher education relating to supporting women in science.


The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine

The College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine traces its origins back nearly 500 years (Darwin, Simpson and Conan-Doyle were students here) and is internationally renowned for its research and teaching. Professor David Argyle is currently the Interim Head of College, the only conjoint Medical and Veterinary Medical School in the UK employs over 2300 academic and support staff. The College has two Schools, the Edinburgh Medical School comprising 3 Deaneries; Biomedical Sciences; Molecular Genetic and Population Health Sciences and Clinical Sciences and the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences

Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences, Biomedical Teaching Organisation

Edinburgh Medical School: Molecular, Genetic and Population Health Sciences

Edinburgh Medical School: Clinical Sciences

The undergraduate medicine teaching programme in the College enjoys a high reputation nationally and internationally, with over 1,300 students enrolled on the MBChB and Intercalated courses and nearly 1000 on the Veterinary Sciences BVS and related programmes. In addition, approximately 2000 students are currently enrolled in the College’s taught and research post-graduate courses, including an extensive range of online distance learning diplomas and degrees. They are trained by over 1000 outstanding academic staff. Details of PhDs, research programmes and studentships are available through our interdisciplinary research institutes and centres.

The academic disciplines within Medicine are largely concentrated in the two teaching hospital campuses, the Royal Infirmary at Little France and the Western General Hospital. Both have extensive new infrastructure with major research institutes and state of the art research facilities on clinical sites. Edinburgh hosts a number of prestigious MRC and BHF Research Centres. The approach is interdisciplinary, with basic and clinical researchers working together at the laboratory bench and in our clinical research facilities to address major themes in basic, clinical and translational medicine.

The Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies on the Easter Bush Campus houses outstanding teaching and clinical facilities as well as the splendid Roslin Institute, one of the world’s leading veterinary research centres. The College offers outstanding opportunities to address ‘One Health’ and Global Health problems of the highest international priority.

Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014

The College’s reputation as one of the world’s leading centres of medical and veterinary medical research has been reaffirmed by its UK REF2014 results. Medicine, the University’s largest submission, was ranked in the top 5 in the UK. Veterinary Medicine came 1st in the UK, and retained its position as the UK’s top Vet School. It made a joint submission with Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC). Neuroscience was ranked 3rd in the UK out of 82 submissions, representing a major advance. Overall, 84% of the College’s research activity was rated world leading or internationally excellent (3* and 4*). In terms of 'one medicine' research (human and animal medicine), the University of Edinburgh's research power (quality x volume) is the strongest in the UK.

The University of Edinburgh

For more than four centuries, our people and their achievements have rewritten history time and again. They’ve explored space, revolutionised surgery, published era-defining books, paved the way for life-saving medical breakthroughs and introduced to the world many inventions, discoveries and ideas from penicillin to Dolly the sheep. We have believed that anything is possible, we still do.
The latest Research Excellence Framework highlighted our place at the forefront of international research. This adds to our international reputation for the quality of our teaching and our student experience excellence. The University is proud of its success with online teaching initiatives, with 2550 students currently studying its online distance learning postgraduate programmes, and a total to date of more than 2 million enrolments for Edinburgh MOOCs.

As a member of staff, you will be part of one of the world's leading universities, with 20 Schools spread over 3 Colleges that offer more than 1600 undergraduate and 600 postgraduate programmes to over 35,000 students each year. Professional services are critical to this success as well as our world-class teaching, research and student facilities. In fact, we are one of the top employers in Edinburgh, with over 13,000 people spread across a wide range of academic and supporting roles.

As a world-changing, world-leading university, we offer an exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent, develop and reward success and integrate academic, professional and personal career goals, as well as give your career the benefit of a great and distinguished reputation. In addition, our employees benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which include generous holiday entitlement, a defined benefits pension scheme, staff discounts and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality. The University has a range of initiatives to support a family friendly working environment, including flexible working and childcare vouchers. See our University Initiatives website for further information.

University Family Friendly Initiatives

The University of Edinburgh is a charitable body, registered in Scotland, with registration number SC005336.

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