Associate Professorship of Neuroscience


Department of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics, University of Oxford, Oxford
Closing date: 
28 September 2018
Professor David Paterson

Applications are invited for the post of Associate Professor of Neuroscience to be held in theDepartment of Physiology, Anatomy and Genetics (DPAG). This is a joint appointment with St Peter’sCollege and Oriel College. The successful candidate will be appointed to a Tutorial Fellowship inPre-clinical Medicine at St Peter’s College and will also be appointed as a College Lecturer at OrielCollege. 

The University of Oxford uses the grade of Associate Professor for most of its senior academicappointments. Associate Professors are eligible for consideration through regular recognition ofdistinction exercises for award of the title of full professor. This promotion in status, which brings anenhanced salary, is dependent on merit and does not normally occur until some years afterreappointment to retirement. In exceptional cases, where the candidate has previously establishedan academic standing at an appropriate level of distinction, the title of full professor may be awardedat the time of appointment.

DPAG plans to make an appointment in systems neuroscience to complement existing research inthe department, as well as research in the Wellcome/Gatsby-funded Centre for Neural Circuits andBehaviour. The department is currently consolidating and expanding its research activities in thefield of mammalian integrative neuroscience, with a focus on the formation, organisation, andplasticity of neural circuits that give rise to perception and behaviour. Research groups working inthis area will be co-located within the east wing of the Sherrington Building as part of the newlyestablished Centre for Integrative Neuroscience. The research programme of the previous postholder, Prof Jan Schnupp, was in auditory neuroscience and he helped to establish Oxford as oneof the leading international centres for auditory research and contributed to the multidisciplinary studyof mammalian cortical circuits within DPAG. The new post holder will complement existing world-leadingexpertise and help to maintain critical mass in the Department in this field of systemsneuroscience. With the growing availability of transgenic animal models and sophisticated methodsfor monitoring and manipulating neural circuits, an appointment in mammalian in vivoneurophysiology is of strategic importance for neuroscience research both within DPAG andelsewhere in the Medical Sciences Division. While we do not wish to limit the candidates we attractto a particular subject area, the fit of candidates to the research profile of the Department and theopportunities for such synergies will be an important selection criterion. We therefore anticipate thatthe new appointment will be in an area of sensory neuroscience, which is the focus of several currentresearch groups (King, Parker, Molnar, Butt, Krug, Walker, Kohl, Packer). Understanding the brainand mental health and wellbeing are currently among the major research challenges of both theWellcome Trust and the MRC, while a systems approach to the biosciences is one of the BBSRC’sresearch priorities. The new appointment is therefore expected to generate valuable new grantincome for the Department.

The successful candidate would get high quality space in the east end of  the Sherrington Building/Centre for Cellular and Molecular Neurobiology giventhe realignment of this real estate into the area of neuroscience. The post holder will receive financialassistance in setting up new research activities, and have access to University research supportfunds (which must be bid for). The Department has a research administration team to help in seekingand applying for grants.

As a Tutorial Fellow of St Peter’s College, we are seeking to appoint a candidate who will be anexcellent teacher, in the tutorial context, for medical students in the College.