Starting January 2021, this post is based at the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Centre (OPDC: https://opdc.medsci.ox.ac.uk/home) and Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences (NDCN), Oxford University. The primary research focus will be on the longitudinal assessment - clinical, digital, cognitive and brain imaging - of REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD) subjects at high risk of developing future Parkinson's disease (PD). The aim is to develop polymodal biomarkers predicting future PD onset. The OPDC exemplifies multi-disciplinary translational neuroscience in Oxford at its best, representing a close and interactive collaboration between research laboratories in the basic sciences with clinicians from the NDCN. The Fellow will work in this exciting research environment with the OPDC clinical team to collect biosamples (blood, skin biopsy, CSF) and assess patients with a variety of motor and non-motor rating scales alongside digital markers of motor function (OPDC smartphone app) and sleep (in-hospital and home-based polysomnography (PSG).
Funding opportunities are available for the Fellow to continue their work beyond the initial period, facilitating registration for a DPhil degree undertaking integrated research in a chosen area of predictive biomarkers for this important prodromal risk group.
Successful candidates must hold a medical degree and full GMC registration and have clinical neurology experience in PD and related movement disorders. It is also essential that they are highly motivated and have the ability to work effectively as part of a team. It would be beneficial if they also held MRCP or an equivalent qualification and experience in Neurology.
Informal enquiries should be made to Professor Michele Hu (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
The post is full-time for a fixed term until 31st March 2022 in the first instance.
Only applications received before 12:00 midday on 30th October 2020 will be considered.
Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.