Skip to main content


This site requires the use of cookies as defined by our Terms and Conditions.  We have provided a detailed description of how cookies work and are used on the site.  To accept cookies, please click the "Accept Cookies" button.
View All Vacancies

Research assistant/Research Associate

Institute of Health & Neurodevelopment

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £34,980 to £37,099 per annum
Grade:  Grade 07 to Grade 08
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (15 months)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 09 August 2024
Interview Date:  Monday 16 September 2024
Reference:  0364-24
Release Date:  Monday 01 July 2024

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our translational epilepsy research group. We are looking to appoint one outstanding research scientist with expertise in in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology to work alongside Professor Gavin Woodhall (PI) and Dr Sukhvir Wright (PI) in an Epilepsy Research Insititute grant funded project investigating synaptic and network mechanisms underlying paediatric immune-mediated epilepsy. This cutting edge, translational research will aim to develop world-first epilepsy models and explore novel treatments. This approach directly addresses the unmet clinical need for rapid intervention in these disease to improve long-term patient outcomes.

The successful applicant will be expected to perform neurosurgery on pre-clinical/ experimental models and record ECoG in vivo, as well as in vitro electrophysiological studies (whole cell patch clamp, local field potential recordings). Knowledge of EEG analysis methods and programming (e.g. MATLAB) would be a bonus. There will also be an opportunity to develop behavioural skills in the field of rodent cognition and memory testing. Appropriate training will be provided where required. With the aim to regularly disseminate high quality research findings, and presentations at local, national and international conferences, career development is an integral part of this role.   

We are keen to attract highly motivated individuals with relevant in vivo electrophysiology experience and exceptional track records in this field. Ideally, applicants will have a PhD in a relevant neuroscience/biological discipline, we will consider early PhD graduates if the essential techniques of in vivo and in vitro electrophysiology formed an integral part of their doctoral training. A current UK Home Office Personal License (PIL) is essential.

Informal enquiries about the position and/or projects can be made to Dr Sukhe Wright at:

Further details:    Job Details     University Information    
Email details to a friend

Aston University is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.  It promotes equality and diversity in all aspects of its work. We strive to have robust inclusivity strategies in place, including race and sexual orientation, to encourage colleagues to have the confidence and freedom to be themselves in the workplace. For more information, visit:

We recognise the value of flexible working.  Please contact the recruiting manager to discuss what flexible working options are available for particular roles.

If you require the job details document or an application form in an alternative format please contact the recruitment team at

Gender Charter - Athena Swan Gold Award
White Ribbon Accredited - Working together to end men's violence against women
Race Quality Charter Bronze Award
Disability Confident Employer



Forgotten Details