Research Fellow Ref 10361

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: fixed term for 12 months
Reference: 10361
Salary: starting at £35,333 to 42,155 per annum
Placed on: 11 January 2023.
Closing date: 06 February 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: Shortly thereafter
Expected start date: 1st January 2024

Job description

The School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex is at the forefront of research in the UK. In the recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2021), 100% of our Impact cases in Biological Sciences and Chemistry were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School has received substantial recent University investment and is embarking on an exciting and extensive, muti-million pound refurbishment and improvement project.

A Research Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Tom Baden to work on establishing expression of fluorescent reporters of neural activity in avian retina using viruses.

We will adapt the adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector approach (widely used in mammalian studies) to express calcium indicators in bird retinal neurons. It will be followed by 2-photon imaging and recording from neurons in isolated avian retina.

The project will involve both experiments and computer-based analysis.

We are a very active research group located in the Neuroscience Centre, which also houses a number of other groups using imaging to study neural circuits involved in sensory processing (

More about the laboratory and our previous work can be found at  Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be made to Tom Baden (

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 10361) (PDF XKB)

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

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How to apply

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