Research Fellow Ref 3112

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed term for at least two years
Reference: 3112 
Salary: Starting at £32,548 and rising to £38,833 per annum
Placed on: 11 April 2018
Closing date: 21 May 2018. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 25 May 2018
Expected start date: 01 July 2018 

Job description

A post-doctoral position funded by the Wellcome Trust is available in the laboratory of Leon Lagnado to study information processing in the visual system of zebrafish. Fluorescent reporters of synaptic transmission and neural activity will be used in conjunction with advanced imaging methods (2P microscopy and single-plane illumination microscopy) to investigate the output that the retina provides to higher visual centres and the subsequent processing of this output.  One aim will be to investigate how visual processing is modulated by motor activity and other sensory stimuli (e.g olfactory).

We are a very active research group located in the Neuroscience Centre, which also houses a number of other groups using imaging and electrophysiology to study neural circuits involved in sensory processing ( The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming 8th in the REF 2014.

Applicants must have a Ph.D and research experience in experimental neuroscience. Experience in visual neuroscience or the analysis of neural circuits would be a distinct advantage, as would skills in multiphoton imaging or molecular biology. More about the laboratory and our previous work can be found at:  Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be made to Leon Lagnado (

The School 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.

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