Research and Development Engineer Ref 9668

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time – 36.5 hours
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until at 28 February 2024
Reference: 9668
Salary: starting at £35,333  to £42,155 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 10 September 2022
Closing date: 07 October 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: TBC
Expected start date: October 2022

Job description

A position for an Operational Research Scientist is available jointly in the laboratories of Leon Lagnado and Tom Baden, funded by the Welcome Trust. The general aim of the projects are to understand the operation of neural circuits underlying visual processing. The post-holder will be responsible for i) modelling and mathematical and statistical analysis of data produced by our research in experimental neuroscience, and ii) the development of advanced optical microscopes for observing and manipulating neural activity, such as a two-photon scanning microscope combining holographic stimulation and a two-photon Bessel beam selective plane illumination microscope.

We are very active research groups (; embedded in a strong research culture ( We are located in the vibrant city of Brighton and London is 1 hour away.

Applicants must be educated to at least Masters level in an Engineering or Applied Physics discipline. They should have a background in data science and/or software development using Matlab and/or Python. Experience in optical characterization methods (photometry, reflectometry, spectroscopy) will be advantageous, as would some background in computational neuroscience.

Informal enquiries can be made to Leon Lagnado ( or Tom Baden (

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and 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.

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

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 9668) (PDF 186KB)

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

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 ADDITIONAL ATAS WORDING: “Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.”

How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

You must email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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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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