Research Associate

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Job Description

We are looking for a Research Associate to work on an exciting project funded by the Michael J Fox Foundation in the area of mitochondria in dopaminergic neuron and astrocytes in Parkinson’s disease. You will join the labs of Dr Heather Mortiboys and Dr Laura Ferraiuolo to work at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN). We are looking for a researcher with experience in metabolic assays and excellent tissue culture skills. The candidate should be passionate about neurodegenerative disease research, ideally with a track record of translational research in this area.

You will conduct laboratory research on a semi-independent basis under direction of the principle investigator, focusing particularly on mitochondrial and lysosomal pathways. You will be expected to: design, execute and evaluate experiments; keep excellent experimental records; prepare reports regularly and feed back to the funder and collaborators in regular conference calls and written reports. You are also expected to contribute to the preparation of scientific manuscripts, attend and deliver seminars; locally, nationally and internationally.

You should have a PhD (or be close to completion) in molecular or cellular biology, or neuroscience (or equivalent experience). You will have a strong background in molecular and cellular neurobiology with an emphasis on mitochondria.

With experience in a range of techniques, particularly cell based assays in human cells. The ideal candidate will have experience in cellular assays in multi well plate format using biochemistry and high content screening. The candidate should be strongly motivated, self-driven, able to accept direction and be an excellent team player. Good communication, written and interpersonal skills are expected.

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