Job ID: 98887

Postdoctoral position: neural correlates of whisker-guided behaviour

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 20 December 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 February 2023

Contract Length: 1 year renewable

City: Brighton

Country: United Kingdom

Institution: University of Sussex

Department: School of Life Sciences; Sussex Neuroscience


A postdoctoral position funded by BBSRC is available in our lab to study the relationships between neuronal activity, sensory inputs and behavioural signals in the somatosensory cortex of mice. The work will investigate behaviour and neuronal responses in mice performing goal-directed tasks guided by whisker input, either in a head-fixed configuration combined with two-photon imaging, or in a novel freely-moving configuration in which mice can explore an environment and plan actions.

You should have either a recent PhD degree in neuroscience or a related field combined with expertise in quantitative data analysis, or else a background in a quantitative discipline such as physics or computer science combined with experience in experimental neuroscience. Programming experience in Python, Matlab or a similar language is an important plus. We are looking for someone who is proactive and will drive the work forward, and is positive, eager to think creatively, and keen to work in our collaborative team.

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

The University of Sussex campus is located just outside the friendly, 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. Sussex Neuroscience offers a vibrant intellectual environment and resources for mentorship and career development. Ongoing interaction with other members of our close-knit community provides opportunities for learning new approaches and skills, including in relevant areas such as open science hardware, in vivo two-photon imaging, and computational techniques.

The position is offered for 1 year in the first instance (renewable). Please apply here, attaching a CV (2-3 pages max) and a statement of research interests (1 page max) to the application and providing contact details for 2 or 3 referees. Informal enquiries are strongly encouraged: please contact Prof. Miguel Maravall (