Research Assistant Ref 10893

School/department: Brighton and Sussex Medical School
Hours: Full time considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Falmer campus. Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: fixed term for 1 year.
Reference: 10893
Salary: starting at £32,411 to £36,333 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 21 February 2023.
Closing date: 04 April 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 20 & 21 April 2023.
Expected start date: May 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter. 

Job description

Project: Hox genes and the diversification of neural networks

The Berni lab is recruiting a motivated Research Assistant to work on projects aiming to investigate the diversification of neuronal networks. The laboratory is situated at the University of Sussex, close to the vibrant city of Brighton, and offers state-of-the-art facilities and a dynamic research environment.

Your work will focus on describing the organisational principles within neuronal networks that have driven the diversification of motor outputs in Drosophila.

You will use serial Electron microscopy reconstruction dataset with the custom software developed by our collaborator Albert Cardona (University of Cambridge, LMB-MRC) to trace and thus reconstruct the interneurons from neuronal circuits that generate specialised motor patterns. This work will radically push forward our understanding of how a motor networks diversify.

Candidates with a BSc or MSc degree in a bio-medical/neuroscience subject and with experience in neuronal anatomy analysis are encouraged to apply. Expertise working with genetic model systems and a good understanding of of statistics and experimental design are desirable. The successful candidate should be capable of working independently on this project, whilst integrated into an interactive and supportive research group, with opportunity to develop and contribute ideas to the project.

The Berni lab is part of Sussex Neuroscience, a highly collaborative and interdisciplinary community of over 50 neuroscience researchers that organises a wide range of scientific and career development activities.

Please contact Dr Jimena Berni ( for informal enquiries.

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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.

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.

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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

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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