Research Fellow Ref 4589

Job Details:

School/department:  School of Psychology
Hours:full time considered up to a maximum of  1.0  FTE
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Location: Brighton, United Kingdom
Contract:  fixed term for 36 months  
Salary:  starting at £36,333 rising to £43,155 per annum, pro rata if part time 
Placed on:  10 March 2023
Closing date:  1 May 2023. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date:  To be confirmed 
Expected start date:  1 Aug 2023

Job description

A BBSRC-funded Research Fellow position is available at The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. This is a collaborative project between the Koya and Singer Labs, which investigate the neural mechanisms of cue-evoked appetitive behaviours in motivation and reward circuits.

The aim of this project is to investigate the role of neuronal ensembles in the nucleus accumbens in the emergence and suppression of the spontaneous recovery of food seeking.  

Specifically, you will examine the specific neuronal adaptations (synaptic and excitability) and in vivo activity patterns in accumbens neuronal ensembles that drive and suppress spontaneous recovery.

These investigations will be conducted using a combination of tools, such as in vivo fibre photometry and ex vivo electrophysiology (patch-clamp) techniques.

The successful applicant will have:

• A strong background in behavioural or systems neuroscience research.

• A desire to work independently and collegially in a collaborative environment.

• PhD/DPhil degree in neuroscience or a related discipline (e.g. experimental psychology).

• Experience in monitoring rodent brain activity (e.g. in vivo or via Fos immunohistochemistry) or ex vivo electrophysiology in rodents.

• Experience in conducting behavioural experiments in appetitive learning and programming languages, such as Python, are desirable.

The laboratory is part of a vibrant multi-disciplinary ‘Sussex Neuroscience’ research community on campus, consisting of systems, behavioural, molecular, and computational neuroscientists. The University of Sussex campus is located just 10 minutes away from the famous seaside city of Brighton.

Please contact Eisuke Koya (View email address on or Bryan Singer (View email address on for informal enquiries. Candidates are encouraged to send their CV’s (with the names of at least two references). 

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.

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

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

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

Visa Sponsorship Queries:

“This role has been assigned an eligible SOC code however to meet the minimum salary requirement this is dependent on the salary you are offered and/or whether you are eligible for tradeable points. If you require visa sponsorship from the University of Sussex to undertake this role please consult our Skilled Worker Visa information pagefor further information. If you want further advice on sponsorship eligibility please contact View email address on

How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB]and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB]and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to View email address on

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email in PDFformat (we are unable to accept applications as or .pages) and use the format job reference number / job title / your namein the subject line.

You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

Job Category: Others
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Falmer East Sussex

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