Postdoc position at the University of Sheffield

Position: Postdoc position

Location: University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK

Start date: 1st September 2023


Why are brains the way they are? Do neural circuits function in an “optimal” way, and if so, in what sense are they optimal? How do brains encode sensory information and form associative memories?

The University of Sheffield is seeking postdoctoral research associates to study these fundamental questions in neuroscience in the olfactory system of the fruit fly Drosophila. You will join Dr Andrew Lin’s laboratory and undertake independent research to discover neuronal plasticity mechanisms that underlie associative memory and the maintenance of optimal sensory coding, in the Drosophila mushroom body (the fly’s olfactory memory centre).

The candidate

This research will use a range of techniques including: in vivo two-photon calcium imaging, electrophysiology, fly genetics, behavioural experiments, computational modelling and building custom equipment. The exact project can be tailored to your background, but expertise in at least some of these techniques is essential, along with a PhD in a relevant field (or equivalent experience), excellent communication skills and an ability to work in a team. The university welcomes self-motivated, innovative, and creative applicants from a range of academic backgrounds, including biology, neuroscience, experimental psychology, computer science, physics and engineering.

Salary: £35,333 – £43,414 per annum with potential to progress to £47,423 with exceptional contribution

These positions are for 3 years in the first instance (extension possible subject to funding), starting 1 September 2023. An earlier or later start date may be possible – please discuss with Dr. Lin.

How to apply

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Closing date: 04/04/2023

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