Research Fellow in Life Sciences
University of Sussex
United Kingdom

Research Fellow in Life Sciences


The School of Life Sciences at the University of Sussex is at the forefront of research in the UK. In the recent Research Excellence Framework assessment (REF 2021), 100% of our Impact cases in Biological Sciences and Chemistry were rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The School has received substantial recent University investment and is embarking on an exciting and extensive, muti-million pound refurbishment and improvement project.


A Research Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Tom Baden to work towards understanding of the evolution of neural systems in response to anthropogenic change through ancestral resurrected crustacean. We will use the planktonic crustacean Daphnia that serves as an important indicator organism for environmental freshwater quality. The project will make use of models of environmental sewage and pesticide decontamination in once-pristine lake systems before, during, and after anthropogenic contamination, and will attempt to shed light on adaptive evolution in the Daphnia nervous system using pre-existing resurrected specimens from these different timepoints.


In this project we also propose additional assays using 2D or 3D tracking software to examine behavioural changes to ambient light conditions associated with environmental water quality changes. Neuronal responses to light and chemical cues in sensory organs will be tested with high spatiotemporal resolution and compared in live Daphnia from different timepoints after injection with genetically encoded calcium indicators.


We are a very active research group located in the Neuroscience Centre, which also houses a number of other groups using imaging to study neural circuits involved in sensory processing (

More about the laboratory and our previous work can be found at  Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be made to Tom Baden (


The School of Life Sciences is committed to increasing the diversity of its staff and providing an inclusive working environment. The School currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award, has developed a Race Equity Action Plan and hosts an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion working group. 


Applications are particularly welcomed from Black and minority ethnic candidates, and women, trans and non-binary candidates, who are under-represented in the School of Life Sciences. 


Applications to posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers are welcome.


The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at Family Friendly Policies


Applications should be accompanied by a full CV, a statement of research interests and aspirations (not more than 4 pages), and the names of three academic referees. [Optional


The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds


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


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


Visa Sponsorship Queries: 


This role has been assigned an eligible SOC code and meets the salary requirements for Skilled Worker Sponsorship if full time. Please consult ourSkilled Worker Visa information page  for further information about Visa Sponsorship.


The benefits that you will receive from day one: Generous pension scheme 31.4% total Pension Scheme Life insurance of up to 3 times your annual salary for any pension-enrolled employees. Purchase additional Annual Leave through our Scheme for a great home and work life balance Discounts of public transport, Cycle to work Scheme, and special rates in hotels in Brighton and the Sussex region. Discounts on high-street shops through our Rewards partner, along with a Cash back Health Plan. Considerable discount on our on-site Gym Facilities because we care about our employees’ Health and Wellbeing.


Brighton, United Kingdom


Full time. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).


Research fellow I, starting at £37,099 to £44,263 per annum, pro rata if part time

Contract Type

Fixed Term Contract


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