Research Associate in Clinical Neurosciences

University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the group of Professor Michael Coleman in the John van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, Department of Clinical Neurosciences, University of Cambridge.

The Coleman group carries out world-leading research into mechanisms of axon degeneration. The Department of Clinical Neurosciences is one of the largest Departments in the School of Clinical Medicine and is embedded in several sites on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. The John Van Geest Building (VGB), located on the Forvie Site, hosts approximately 70 academic and associated research and administrative staff in a combination of laboratories, offices & clinic space.

The postholder will join a multi-centre collaboration with UCL, University of Oxford and Johns Hopkins Medical School (USA) to study the roles of a well-characterised and preventable mechanism of axon death in human neurodegenerative disease (see Coleman & Höke, 2020. Nat Rev Neurosci 21: 183-196). Areas of interest include peripheral neuropathies, motor neuron disease, Parkinson's disease, and retinal or optic nerve disorders. The precise project will be tailored to the existing skills and development goals of the successful candidate but expertise in human genetics, regulation of gene expression, transcriptomics and/or genomic database analysis would be particularly useful. The aims of the project include functional characterization of human gene variants in cell culture and in mice, and biomarker development.

For questions relating to the post, please contact Professor Michael Coleman at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

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Please include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is 28 February 2021. The interviews will be held virtually in w/c 8th March or 15th March, followed by selected in-person visit.

Please quote reference ZE25603 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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