University of Oxford

University of Oxford

WIN Preclinical MRI Group Lab Manager

WIN Preclinical MRI Group Lab Manager

Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (NDCN), John Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 9DU

We have an exciting opportunity to join us at the WIN Preclinical MRI Group as the WIN Preclinical MRI Group Lab Manager. In this role you will support a multidisciplinary group carrying out studies using high-field brain MRI in rodents – primarily mice and rats – alongside a range of related techniques including tissue staining, microscopy, behaviour, and transcriptomics. Your primary role will be to ensure that the lab runs effectively and to support others to run preclinical MRI experiments. You will work in a vibrant, diverse, and multidisciplinary department with access to state-of-the art facilities. You will be part of the wider WIN Core Staff team and have the opportunity to develop professional skills in project and lab management.

Essential Criteria
  • Undergraduate degree in neuroscience or a related area.
  • Previous exposure to laboratory environments.
  • Experience with molecular biology techniques, such as genotyping, protein extraction and Western blots.
  • Hands on experience with rodent experiments, such as perfusion techniques and protocols and/or intubation or small surgeries.
  • Good communication skills and ability to write clearly, good planning and organisational skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to manage time and prioritise resources effectively in order to deliver multiple projects in parallel.
  • Desirable Criteria
  • UK home office personal licence for conducting rodent experiments.
  • Experience with preclinical MRI.
  • Experience breeding and maintaining transgenic lines.
  • Experience in training (even in an informal setting) new users in experimental practices.
  • Experience in conducting behavioural studies in rodents, intubation and/or small surgeries in rodents.
  • Experience with histological staining, including immunohistochemistry and/or immunofluorescence.
  • Experience with using behaviour rigs and/or recording rooms, including operant boxes and associated software.
  • Experience with electrophysiology and/or optogenetics.
  • Experience with advanced microscopy techniques such as confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, CLARITY or polarised light imaging.
  • Experience working co-operatively, such as sharing laboratory and research resources.
  • Please see the below 'Job Description' for further details on the responsibilities and selection criteria, as well as further information about the university and how to apply.

    The post is full time (part time can be negotiated) and fixed-term for 2 years .

    Only applications received before 12:00pm midday on Friday 24th May 2024 will be considered.

    Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

    Contact Person : NDCN HR Recruitment Vacancy ID : 172714 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 24-May-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024 – £44,263 per annum

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    WIN Preclinical MRI Group Lab Manager


    University of Oxford


    United Kingdom


    May 04, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 24, 2024

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    The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

    There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

    The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

    Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

    Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

    It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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