Job ID: 107184

Postdoc – olfactory coding and associative memory

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 4 April 2023

Employment Start Date: 1 September 2023

Contract Length: 3 years (extension possible)

City: Sheffield

Country: United Kingdom

Institution: University of Sheffield

Department: School of Biosciences


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?

We are 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).

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. We welcome self-motivated, innovative, and creative applicants from a range of academic backgrounds, including biology, neuroscience, experimental psychology, computer science, physics and engineering.

Salary: £36,333 – £38,474 per year with potential to progress to £48,423 with exceptional contribution.

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