Research Fellow Ref 4589

School/department: School of Psychology
Hours: full time considered up to a maximum of  1.0  FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need)
Contract: fixed term for 36 months
Reference: 4589
Salary: starting at £33,797 rising to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 24 September 2020
Closing date:  11 November 2020   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: 23 to 25 November 2020
Expected start date: February 2021

Job description

A MRC-funded Research Fellow position is available in the Koya laboratory at The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. The lab investigates the neural mechanisms of cue-evoked appetitive behaviours in motivation and reward circuits.

The aim of this project is to investigate the role of neuronal ensembles in the medial prefrontal cortex in the suppression of cue-evoked food seeking following exposure to environmentally enriched (EE) housing conditions.

Specifically, you will examine how food-seeking is modulated by shifts in the recruitment, excitability, and encoding properties of cue-activated neuronal ensembles.

These investigations will be conducted using a combination of tools, such as in vivo 2-Photon imaging and ex vivo electrophysiology (patch-clamp) techniques (see Brebner et al. 2020, J Neurosci; PMID: 31727794).

The successful applicant will have:

• A strong background in behavioural or systems neuroscience research including experience with programming languages, such as Python or Matlab.

• A desire to work independently and collegially in a collaborative environment.

• PhD/DPhil degree in neuroscience or a related discipline (e.g. experimental psychology).

• Experience in monitoring rodent brain activity in vivo or ex vivo electrophysiology in rodents.

• Experience in conducting behavioural experiments in appetitive learning is desirable.

The laboratory is part of a vibrant multi-disciplinary ‘Sussex Neuroscience’ research community on campus, consisting of systems, behavioural, molecular, and computational neuroscientists. The University of Sussex campus is located just 10 minutes away from the famous seaside city of Brighton.

Please contact Eisuke Koya (  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

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 4589)

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