Marie Curie Early Stage Researcher in ITN Astrotech – developing electrophysiology devices for the in vitro and in vivo detection of electrical activity of astrocytes

Department of Engineering, Cambridge

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Feb 2021
  • REF: NM25743
  • Closes: 20th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

A position exists for an Early Career Researcher in the ITN Astrotech ( to develop electrophysiology devices for the in vitro and in vivo detection of electrical activity of astrocytes. This is in the context of a project aiming to understand the role of astrocytes in brain function and disease. The aims of the work carried out by the Cambridge team are to:

A) To understand how electrode area and impedance affect the recording of activities from astrocytes and neurons
B) To develop soft electrophysiology devices that record selectively from astrocytes.
C) To validate these devices in a rodent model. The candidate will participate to events organised by the network and carry out secondments to partner sites.

The Early Stage Researcher can be of any nationality. At the time of recruitment by the host organisation, researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the recruitment date. Short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.

Applicants must be in their first 4 years of their research career and have not yet been awarded a doctoral degree. The 4 years are counted from the date a degree was obtained which formally entitles to embark on a doctorate.

Applicants must have a BSc or equivalent in Engineering or related discipline

Applicants must have knowledge and experience in bioelectronics, neural recording devices and biosensors

Applicants must have demonstrated ability to function within a large team, coordinate with colleagues and students and communicate across disciplines.

Applicants must have experience with -neural recordings, -in vivo work,-neural signal analysis, -biosensor device design and evaluation-noise analysis of transducers

Applicants must have experience planning and managing day-to-day research activities.

The salary will comprise a living allowance of ₠54,858 and a mobility allowance of ₠7,200. An additional allowance of ₠6,000 may be payable but is dependent on individual family circumstances, any salary figures are subject to further deductions based on the country the fellowship is held.

To apply for this studentship, please email an application consisting of:

-a motivation letter-a two-page CV

and arrange that one recommendation letter is send to Professor George Malliaras,, to arrive no later than 20 March 2021.

Please note that any offer of funding will be conditional on securing a place as a PhD student. Candidates will need to apply separately for admission through the University’s Graduate Admissions application portal; this can be done before or after applying for this funding opportunity. Note that there is a £70 fee for PhD applications. The applicant portal can be accessed via: The final deadline for PhD applications is 30 June 2021, although it is advisable to apply earlier than this.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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