Research Fellow Ref 10232

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered subject to need for experimental lab access. 
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: fixed term for 1 year, renewable.
Reference: 10232
Salary: from £35,333 to £42,155 per annum, depending on experience
Placed on:  22 November 2022
Closing date: 20 December 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: negotiable from 1 February 2023.


Job description

A postdoctoral position funded by BBSRC is available in the laboratory of Miguel Maravall to study the relationships between neuronal activity, sensory inputs and behavioural signals in the somatosensory cortex of mice.

The work will investigate behaviour and neuronal responses in mice performing goal-directed tasks guided by whisker input, either in a head-fixed configuration combined with two-photon imaging, or in a freely-moving configuration in which mice can explore an environment and plan actions.

You should have either a recent PhD degree in neuroscience or a related field combined with expertise in quantitative data analysis, or else a background in a quantitative discipline such as physics or computer science combined with experience in experimental neuroscience. Programming experience in Python, Matlab or a similar language is an important plus.

We are looking for someone who is proactive and will drive the work forward, and is positive, eager to think creatively, and keen to work in our collaborative team (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/lifesci/maravalllab/).

Our lab welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. We strive to foster an open, inclusive environment and we actively work on an ongoing basis to improve equity and fairness both inside and outside our institution. We are committed to supporting and mentoring our members throughout their time in the lab and beyond.

The University of Sussex campus is located just outside the friendly, lively city of Brighton on the coast of South East England, one hour away from London. It is surrounded by the South Downs National Park. Sussex Neuroscience (http://www.sussex.ac.uk/sussexneuroscience/) offers a vibrant intellectual environment and resources for mentorship and career development. Ongoing interaction with other members of the close-knit Sussex Neuroscience community provides opportunities for learning new approaches and skills, including in relevant areas such as open science hardware, in vivo two-photon imaging, and computational techniques.

The position is offered for 1 year in the first instance (renewable). Please attach a CV (2-3 pages max) and a statement of research interests (1 page max) to the application, and provide contact details for 2 or 3 referees. Informal enquiries are strongly encouraged: please contact Prof. Miguel Maravall (m.maravall@sussex.ac.uk).

The School of Life Sciences is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. Applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex. The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at http://www.sussex.ac.uk/humanresources/personnel/familyfriendlypolicies.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 10232) (PDF XKB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

Visa Sponsorship Queries:

This role has been assigned an eligible SOC code and meets the salary requirements for Skilled Worker Sponsorship if full time. Please consult our Skilled Worker Visa information page  for further information about Visa Sponsorship.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.


How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to lifescirecruitment@sussex.ac.uk

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as google.docs or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.


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