Research Fellow Ref 10859

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time – 36.5 hours, part time hours considered. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). 
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract: fixed term until at least 01 April 2024
Reference: 10859 
Salary: starting at £35,333 to £42,155, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 16 February 2023
Closing date: 09 March 2023.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: 01 April 2023

Job description

A post-doctoral position funded by the Wellcome Trust is available in the laboratory of Leon Lagnado to study circuit mechanisms underlying simple forms of visual memory in mice. Fluorescent reporters of neural activity will be used in conjunction with advanced imaging methods and behavioural assays to investigate contrast adaptation in primary visual cortex of mice and it’s adjustment associated with the process of habituation. 

We are a very active research group ( embedded in a strong research culture in which a number of other groups use imaging and electrophysiology to study neural circuits involved in sensory processing ( We are located in the vibrant city of Brighton and London is 1 hour away.

 Applicants must have (or be about to get) a PhD in experimental neuroscience. Experience with multiphoton imaging in awake mice and the development of behavioural assays is essential.

Informal enquiries are strongly encouraged and should be made to Leon Lagnado (

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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