Reporting to Professor Geraldine Wright, the post holder will be a member of the Oxford University Bee Laboratory with responsibility for carrying out research on the mechanisms of gustatory coding in bees. The overall goal of the project is to characterize how populations of bee gustatory neurons respond to mixtures of sugars and potentially toxic compounds. The post holder will be expected to manage their work load and to collaborate with and assist other members of the research group, including other postdocs, research assistants, technicians, and PhD and project students. The position will be for 1 year with a possibility for renewal of up to two additional years.
Manage own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, to co-ordinate multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines set by the PI
Adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols
Test hypotheses and analyse scientific data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate
Contribute ideas for new research projects
Develop ideas for generating research income, and present detailed research proposals to senior researchers
Collaborate in the preparation of scientific reports and journal articles and occasionally present papers and posters
Use specialist scientific equipment in a laboratory environment, in particular electrophysiology equipment, on a routine basis
Act as a source of information and advice to other members of the group on scientific protocols and experimental techniques
Represent the research group at external meetings/seminars, either with other members of the group or alone
Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups
Hazard-specific / Safety-critical duties
Work with bumblebees and honeybees
Travel outside of Europe or North America on University Business for conferences
Hold a relevant PhD/DPhil in Biology or Neuroscience with relevant experience in electrophysiology
Experience performing extracellular or intracellular neuron recordings in vivo and handling data from electrophysiological recordings, including spike sorting and data analysis
Ability to manage own academic research and associated activities
Previous experience of contributing to peer-reviewed publications/presentations
Ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation
Excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results, and represent the research group at meetings
Willingness to work as part of a team with other lab members
Please see the following website for more details on how to apply:
Additional Salary Information: Salary will depend on years of experience post-PhD
Internal Number: 137919
About University of Oxford
The Department of Zoology at the University of Oxford (www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/) is recognised internationally for its research on animal behaviour, ecology and evolutionary biology. This research spans all levels from molecules to ecosystems, and tackles fundamental problems in disease biology, evolutionary mechanisms, conservation biology, biodiversity, evolutionary developmental biology and physiology. The Department of Zoology recently celebrated its 150th anniversary, and although it maintains its historic name its research programmes no longer focus solely on animals, but have expanded to cover animals, plants, bacteria, viruses and ecosystems. This diversity is echoed in teaching: the Department of Zoology and Department of Plant Sciences jointly deliver a broad-ranging and highly regarded undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences. Within its broad research portfolio, the Department incorporates several research institutes: the Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology (EGI), the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU), the Biodiversity Institute (BIO) and the Institute for Emerging Infections.
The Department of Zoology currently has approximately 70 academic staff and s...enior research fellows. It also houses a very large and interactive group of post docs (~100) and graduate students (~100). The main Department is located at 11a Mansfield Rd, Oxford, OX1 3SZ. The Department also runs the John Krebs Field Station in Wytham Woods and the Recanati-Kaplan Centre in Tubney which houses WildCRU. Linked to the Tinbergen Building is the multi-disciplinary Peter Medawar Building for Pathogen Research with high-grade containment facilities. The Department is unusual in having about the same number of independently funded Research Fellows as the number of Faculty. External research income to the Department is derived from over 50 different funding agencies, with the principal funders being the European Research Council, the Royal Society, the Wellcome Trust, NERC and BBSRC. Recent success with the prestigious European Research Council (ERC) is particularly notable; the Department currently holds ten ERC grants: six Advanced Investigator awards and four Starter Investigator awards.
For more information about the department, please visit the web site http://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk
The Department of Zoology holds a bronze Athena Swan award to recognise advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all.