Research Fellow Ref 6055

Post Title: Research Fellow
: Life Sciences
Hours: full time or part time up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered subject to need for experimental lab access.
Contract: fixed term for 1 year renewable until 31 August 2024
Reference: ­­6055
Salary: starting from £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, depending on experience
Placed on:  1 June 2021
Closing date:  30 June 2021   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: from 1 September 2021, flexible

Job description

A postdoctoral position funded by the BBSRC is available in the laboratory of Miguel Maravall to study neuronal codes and their plasticity in the somatosensory cortex of mice. Work on this project will investigate neuronal responses and connectivity as a mouse learns a whisker-based sensory discrimination task, and will involve mouse training, two-photon imaging, and optogenetic manipulation.

Candidates should either have a recent PhD degree in neuroscience or a related field and experience in quantitative data analysis, or have a background in a quantitative discipline such as physics or computer science and research experience in experimental neuroscience. Expertise in the specific techniques highlighted above is desirable but not essential. Programming experience in Python, Matlab or a similar language is important.

We are looking for candidates who will drive the project forward, are positive, eager to think creatively, and keen to work as a team in our highly collaborative lab ( Ongoing dialogue with other members of the close-knit Sussex Neuroscience community ( provides opportunities for learning new approaches and skills; areas of strong local expertise directly relevant to the project include open science hardware, in vivo two-photon imaging, and computational techniques.

Our lab welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. We strive to foster an inclusive environment and we actively work on an ongoing basis to improve equity and fairness both within and outside our institution. We are committed to supporting and mentoring our members throughout their time in the lab and beyond.

Informal enquiries are strongly encouraged; please contact Prof Miguel Maravall (

The University of Sussex campus is located just outside the lively city of Brighton on the coast of South East England, one hour away from London. It is surrounded by the South Downs National Park. The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014. Sussex Neuroscience offers a vibrant intellectual environment and resources for mentorship and career development.

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

Visa Sponsorship Queries:
If you require visa sponsorship from the University of Sussex to undertake this role, you can find further information on our Visa page or contact to discuss your personal circumstances and whether you meet the criteria.

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

Download job description and person specification Re 6055 [PDF 228.31KB]

How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 110.00KB] and fill in all sections.

The position is offered for 1 year initially, renewable up to 31 August 2024. Please attach a CV (2-3 pages) and a statement of research interests (1 page) to the application, and provide contact details for 2-3 referees.

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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