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Department of Pharmacology


Salary: £27,929 - £42,155

Reference: PL34766

Closing date: 31 January 2023


Applications are invited for a Research Associate position in the laboratory of Prof. Ewan St. John Smith at the Department of Pharmacology, University of Cambridge for an immediate start to work on a Wellcome Trust Discovery Award project in collaboration with Dr David Hughes at the University of Glasgow.

The project, ENDASCOP: Establishing Neuronal Drivers And the Spinal Circuitry of Osteoarthritis Pain, will use a combination of viral and transgenic animal technologies to elucidate the roles of sensory neuron subpopulations in a mouse model of osteoarthritis. Numerous techniques will be employed, including: surgery, behavioural analysis, retrograde tracing, neuronal culture, electrophysiology, and immunohistochemistry.

We are looking for a diligent, motivated, and innovative scientist to join our group ( The role holder will be based in central Cambridge. The key duties and responsibilities will include, but are not limited to: developing and conducting the project, writing up research work for publication, managing own research and administrative activities, helping in the supervision of students and assisting in grant writing.

Successful candidates will likely have demonstrable experience in animal behaviour and/or surgery, and cellular electrophysiology; a valid Home Office Personal Licence is highly desirable, but not essential. You must be a careful and methodical worker, paying attention to accuracy and ready to take responsibility as part of a team. You should be self-motivated and able to organise, perform and analyse experiments with minimal instruction.

Applicants should have, or expect to obtain shortly, a PhD in neuroscience or related discipline. Successful candidates who have not been awarded their PhD by the appointment date will be appointed as a Research Assistant at Grade 5 (£27,929 - £32,348). Upon the award of the PhD the individual will be promoted to Research Associate, Grade 7 (£34,308 - £42,155).

The funds for this post are available initially for 36-months, but subject to extension to up to 96 months, should both parties agree.

Applications will be assessed as and when they are submitted and it is anticipated that initial interviews will take place in February.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries about the position can be made to Prof. Ewan St. John Smith (

The online application is to include your personal details, names and addresses of referees, as well as your CV, research publications list and cover letter. For enquiries about the online application process please contact the HR Team,

Please quote reference PL34766 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The Department holds an Athena SWAN bronze award, demonstrating a commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in science subjects. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender but, as women are currently under-represented at this level in our department, we strongly encourage applications from female candidates. Appointment will be based on merit alone.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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