Postdoctoral positions as fellows
We do not have any open funding for postdoctoral positions at this stage but we would be happy to sponsor good applicants for external fellowships. We have been successful in the past with EMBO LTFs, EMBO STFs, and Marie Curie IFs. If you are interested in working in the lab and you have a competitive CV, please do get in touch.
A 4-year fully funded Doctoral training programme from BBSRC (MRes + PhD)
About the lab
The main research focus of the laboratory is to uncover the yet mysterious function of sleep, but we also have projects on behavioural neurobiology and bioinformatics. Most projects belong to wider collaborative enterprises between our laboratory and partner laboratories in the Computer Science and Bioengineering Departments of Imperial College London, one of the best Universities in the world, located right in the heart of London.
The Department of Life Sciences is a leading department of Biological Sciences among UK Universities and has consistently been awarded the highest research rating. In the 2014 REF assessment, the Department was ranked first in the Research Intensity table compiled by The Times Higher Education.
About the project & the candidate
Creating sustainable, carbon neutral, protein-rich food sources is one of the leading priorities of this century, worldwide. The aim of this project is to create a repertoire of genetically selected and/or engineered insects, possibly aimed at mass scale production for the food industry for animal and, eventually human, consumption. The project will be carried in collaboration with Dr. Windblicher (expert in genetic manipulation of non-model-organism species) and BetaBugs, a small but promising UK startup. The project will consist of three work packages:
- WP1: Evolve a device we recently developed for sleep analysis in Drosophila (the ethoscope, Geissmann et al. PLoS Biology 2017) into a device that can be used for large-scale phenotypical analysis of Hermetia illucens (Black Soldier flies), the most commonly used insect species in the food industry. Ethoscopes employ video-based machine-learning technology to detect activity and behaviour in fruit flies and phenoscopes, our proposed evolution, will also be able to detect metabolic features such as growth rate, body size, preferential temperature and humidity conditions of growth.
- WP2: Establish H. illucens as a genetically amenable organism, using CRISPR-based homologous recombination techniques.
- WP3: Study the metabolism and behaviour of H. illucens
More information on the programme and instructions on how to apply can be found here: http://www.imperial.ac.uk/bbsrc-doctoral-training-partnership/overview/
The deadline for applications is 15th January 2019.
Schrödinger PhD scholarship – Call Open
The department has been awarded 1 Schrödinger Ph.D. scholarship. This provides Home / EU fees and stipend over a period of 3 years and should commence in October 2019.
The successful candidate must be either from the UK or the EU, but residency in the UK is not a prerequisite.
The candidate must have a very good upper second class BSc or better and, in addition, a Masters degree at Merit level or above before the commencement of the scholarship. Exceptional candidates without a Masters degree might be considered.
If you have a very competitive profile and you are interested in working with us, please get in touch ASAP
How to gain a student placement in the lab
Are you an undergraduate student interested in working with the lab during the summer? Great. Read here on how to apply. Applications for Summer 2018 will be announced at beginning of the new year.
Are you a Master student interested in joining us for a lab rotation? Start from here.