Postdoctoral Training Fellow

Postdoctoral Training Fellows are expected to lead their own projects and collaborate within the lab and externally. The ability to work in a team is essential.
Deadline for applications has passed.

Key information

Job reference
From £40,125 per annum, subject to skills and experience
Applications closed
31 January 2023, 23:59 GMT
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 17 January 2023
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Postdoctoral Training Fellow

Reporting to: Andreas Schaefer, Principal Group Leader – Assistant Research Director 

Contact term: This is a full time, fixed term (4-year) position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.  

The Research Group

This position is available in Prof Andreas Schaefer’s laboratory. The lab studies how information is represented and processed in the brain, focusing on sensory circuits in mice. To this end the lab uses and develops physiological, behavioural and anatomical techniques to dissect the structure and function of neural circuits. The PTF will report to the Group Leader and will lead experiments and analysis of physiological recordings in freely moving mice. Details of research projects currently carried out and recent publications can be found on .   

The Project

The purpose of this project is to investigate brain activity in animals during unconstrained spontaneous behaviour. It will combine chronic large-scale electrophysiological recordings in freely moving animals with machine learning based analysis of behaviour.

In this project, some of the specific aims include but are not limited to:

  • Establish chronic neuropixel recordings from cortical areas
  • Develop a pipeline for combination of behavioural and physiological analysis
  • Investigate how spontaneous odour-driven behaviours shape neural activity in olfactory cortex and other cortical and subcortical area brains

The postholder will be responsible for:

  • Leading independent projects
  • Establishing chronic physiological recordings
  • Maintaining some animal colonies
  • Contributing to the lab’s open, interdisciplinary, and collegial atmosphere by developing initiative around presenting and disseminating work internally such as in lab meetings and journal clubs

Postdoctoral Training Fellows will lead their own projects, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and may guide PhD students in their research. The ability to work in a team is essential.

Key experience and competencies

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values:

Bold; Open and Collegial


  • PhD in Neuroscience or related fields (physics, biology, mathematics, engineering, medicine) or in the final stages of PhD submission (submission before mid ’23)
  • Good knowledge and experience in sensory and circuits neuroscience
  • Technical expertise in electrophysiology or imaging technology
  • Technical expertise in handling laboratory mammals
  • Track record of writing papers as evidenced by publications or submitted manuscripts in referred journals
  • Evidence of data presentation at scientific meetings
  • Interest in advanced data analysis approaches


  • Experience in research with the olfactory system
  • Experience in surgical procedures

About Us

At the Crick, we conduct research at the forefront of biomedical research. We combine rigour with an open and collaborative culture, and are outward-looking, reflecting our status as a partnership of six organisations aiming to pool knowledge, ideas and resources.

We have a wide research portfolio with no divisions or departments, bringing biomedical researchers together with clinicians, physical scientists and applied scientists from our pharmaceutical partners.

We aim to attract the most talented researchers and support them to tackle innovative research questions. Our science technology platforms provide our researchers with access to state-of-the-art technology and expertise.

We provide an excellent learning environment with dedicated education programmes in public engagement with science, education and personal development, and a postdoc training programme that prepares scientists for leadership roles in science.

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