We are seeking an enthusiastic Postdoctoral Research Associate (PDRA) to work on an EU-funded FET OPEN project entitled “Non-invasive dynamic neural control by laser-based technology (NEUROPA)”. The NEUROPA consortium aim is the development of a conceptually novel non-invasive light based approach of modulating long-term activity in cortico-sub-cortical networks implicated in specific brain disorders. The research will be conducted in the School of Life and Health Sciences and in conjunction with the Optoelectronics & Biomedical Photonics Group, in the Aston Institute of Photonics Technologies, Aston University. The PDRA will work in Dr. Rhein Parri’s research group and will conduct independent research into the functional effects of novel phytoptogenetic constructs on neuronal and synaptic signalling. The Parri group has an interest in control of neuronal activity and synaptic modulation, particularly by glial cells, and uses patch clamp, MEA and calcium imaging approaches. Applicants should have a PhD in Neuroscience or a related field, with experience of patch clamp or electrophysiological recordings, ideally with imaging and optogenetics. You will become part of a team of researchers working on an H2020 funded programme grant, which involves collaboration with research teams across Europe. For further information about this position, please contact Dr.Parri +44 (0)121 204 4049, ([email protected]) Please visit our website http://www.aston.ac.uk/jobs , direct link http://jobs.aston.ac.uk/R190518 for further information and to apply online. If you do not have access to the internet, telephone 0121-204-4500 and leave your name and address quoting reference number: R190518. Earliest start date Feb 1st 2020. End date December 31st 2022.