Research Fellow in Neuroscience Ref: 4726

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time or part time hours  considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to need).
Contract: Fixed term for two years initially
Salary: Starting at £33,797 to £38,017 per annum
Placed on: 21 October 2020
Closing date:  1 December 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 01 January 2021 or later

Job description 

The Schröder Lab at the University of Sussex, UK, offers a position for a Postdoctoral researcher funded by the Wellcome Trust for the duration of up to 5 years.

The successful candidate will study information processing in the early visual system of mice using two-photon imaging, electrophysiology (Neuropixels probes), and opto- and chemogenetic manipulations.

The lab’s goal is to determine how behavioural and internal states like arousal are integrated with visual responses in the retina and superior colliculus (see Schröder et al. 2020, Neuron). We want to discover the purpose of this integration in terms of visual processing and the animal’s behavioural demands, as well as the mechanisms underlying this integration.

We expect that the researcher takes ownership of the project and drives it forward. The successful candidate has a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a relevant field in the sciences, has experience in experimental biology and quantitative data analysis, and has excellent programming skills in Python, Matlab or a similar language.

The Schröder lab opens its doors in January 2021. The researcher has the opportunity:

  • to make use of the lab’s own two-photon microscopy and Neuropixels recording setups;
  • to learn essential skills in organising and setting up a lab;
  • to benefit from the PI’s active support in research and her mentoring in career development;
  • to shape the research culture of the lab based on the values of scientific excellence, team work, and diversity.

The position is funded through a Sir Henry Dale Fellowship sponsored by the Wellcome Trust.

The integration of the lab within Sussex Neuroscience gives the researcher the opportunity to collaborate and benefit from the expertise of other labs in fields like the visual and other sensory systems, mouse behaviour, techniques of two-photon imaging and electrophysiology, and computational neuroscience.

The Schröder lab is located just outside the vibrant city of Brighton at the coast of South East England, one hour away from London. The campus of Sussex combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces and is surrounded by the South Downs National Park.

Informal enquiries are highly encouraged and should be made to Sylvia Schröder ( 

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.

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How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Application should be accompanied by a CV (2-3 pages), a statement of your research interests and relevant skills (1 page), and contact information of 2-3 referees.

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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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