Research Fellow (x2) Ref: 7316

School/department: School of Life Sciences
Hours: Full time or part time up to a maximum of 36.5 hours
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until at least 1 March 2025
Reference: 7316
Salary: starting at £34,304 to £39,739 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on:  26 November 2021
Closing date:  18 January 2022   Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: to be confirmed
Expected start date: 1 April 2022

Job description

Two post-doctoral positions funded by the Wellcome Trust are available in the laboratory of Leon Lagnado to study the plasticity of visual processing in zebrafish. Fluorescent reporters of neural activity will be used in conjunction with advanced imaging methods and behavioural assays to investigate how the retinal output is generated and the subsequent processing of this output in other visual centres.  The general aim of the project is to understand the circuit mechanisms that adjust visual processing is adjusted in response to information from other senses (especially smell) and/or changes in internal state (especially circadian control).

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 a Ph.D and research experience in neuroscience (experimental or computational). One post would suit a person with a background in the analysis of neural circuits.  The second post would suit a person who also has skills in molecular biology and genetic modification.

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.

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

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Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 7316) (PDF 192KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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