Biology Technician

School/department: School of Psychology/ School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed term until 31 October 2018
Reference: 2534
Salary: Starting at £28,936 and rising to £32,548 per annum
Placed on: 28 September 2017
Closing date: 11 October 2017. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

The Schools of Life Sciences and Psychology are at the forefront of research in the psychological and biological sciences in the UK, both coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014.

We wish to recruit a skilled Behavioural Pharmacologist within the group led by Dr Sarah King to join a multidisciplinary team at Sussex Drug Discovery Centre (SDDC) working on an exciting neuroscience project funded by the Wellcome Trust. The SDDC neuroscience projects aim to identify novel compounds that target specific subtypes of the GABAA receptor with the ultimate goal of developing new drugs for the treatment of anxiety and Huntington’s disease.

The post holder will be responsible for performing behavioural pharmacology studies and providing assistance in running binding assays in support of drug discovery. A Home Office license and experience in behavioural pharmacology are essential. The ability to learn the relevant behavioural pharmacology assays in a skilled manner and to apply them independently is essential.

This role is an excellent opportunity to develop within a drug discovery environment as the post holder will be part of an experienced drug discovery team formed of biologists and medicinal chemists and will take on behavioural rodent assays that are essential for compounds progression towards drug discovery and development.

The behavioural pharmacology work will be led by Dr. Sarah King (Biological and Clinical Neuroscience (BCN), Psychology) as part of a collaborative project with the SDDC and Cardiff University. The PIs of the neuroscience projects are Prof John Atack (molecular pharmacology), Prof Martin Gosling (electrophysiology) and Prof Simon Ward (medicinal chemistry and drug design). An overview of research within these groups can be found at BCN and SDDC.

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in science and engineering at Sussex. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers. The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents.

Potential candidates wishing to find out further details regarding the position or the project are encouraged to contact Dr. Sarah King ( before applying.

Download job description and person specification Ref 2534 [PDF 129.52KB]

How to apply

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