Research Assistant Ref: 6405

School/department: Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Hours: full time considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours per week. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 04/01/2022 or for 5 months
Salary: starting at £30,046 to £33,797 per annum
Placed on: 21 July 2021
Closing date:  10 August 2021.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: As soon as possible

Job description

We have a vacancy for a Research Assistant position to join the lab of Dr. Jimena Berni in the Department of Neurosciences, based at the University of Sussex Falmer campus. We investigate how Hox genes orchestrate the diversification of motor circuits during nervous system development.

The post holder will use Drosophila melanogaster to investigate the functional relevance of Hox genes-controlled morphologies for the specification of local circuit mostly performing and analysing calcium imaging experiments. They will also oversee the maintenance of the fly stock collection (2 days /month).

The ideal candidate will already have hands on experience working with flies. Experience in calcium imaging & cell biology will be an advantage. They will be well motivated, reliable, be able to work on their own as well as in a team.

Please contact Dr Jimena Berni for informal enquiries.

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 sponsorship.

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

Download job description and person specification Ref 6405 [PDF 180.31KB]

Visa Sponsorship Queries: If you require visa sponsorship from the University of Sussex to undertake this role, you can find further information on our Visa page or contact to discuss your personal circumstances and whether you meet the criteria

How to apply

Download our professional services application form - Dec 2020 [DOC 203.00KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

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

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDF format (we are unable to accept applications as 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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