Research Associate (maternity cover)

Bristol Veterinary School is seeking to appoint a 90% FTE Research Associate with a background and significant postdoctoral experience in animal welfare science to work with Professor Mike Mendl, Dr Carole Fureix and Dr Liz Paul on a three-year on-going BBSRC funded research project 'Validating inactivity in the home-cage as a depression-like state indicator in mice'. The project builds upon our research showing that in mice, a specific form of waking inactivity is triggered by relatively barren lab cages and is associated with the tendency to give up when faced with challenge, i.e. a key symptom of human depression. Our goal is to further test the hypothesis that waking inactivity is a spontaneous depression-like symptom in mice. The results will have clear implications for detecting welfare problems and improving lab animal welfare.

This job provides maternity leave cover for the current research associate, and the post holder will contribute to an on-going programme of work. The post holder will be responsible for day-to-day organisation of the project, allocation of resources, collection, collation and statistical analysis of data, assisting with presentation and reporting of results, ensuring that the project adheres to all quality assurance schemes, including UK Home Office rules and, alongside the PI and Co-Is, managing a full-time Research in support of the project. The project involves public engagement activities which the post-holder will also help to organise.

Applicants should have completed a PhD in animal welfare science; have experience in developing and using new behavioural assays to measure cognitive biases and novel physiological indicators of welfare; have experience in responsibility for organising a research project with a high level of independence; have a record of publishing in academic journals and awards; be able to work independently, as well as part of a team; have excellent communication and organisational skills; and have significant experience of attending, organising and managing workshop and similar events bringing together researchers, stakeholders, industrial partners, as well as of public engagement activities. Holding a Home Office Personal License and a current UK driving license are desirable.

The post will start on 1st October 2019 and is fixed-term until 31st October 2020.

For informal queries please contact:

Professor Mike Mendl (mike.mendl@bristol.ac.uk) or Dr Carole Fureix (carole.fureix@bristol.ac.uk)

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.

Closing date: 22/09/2019

Further information can be found here.