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.
3-years Funded PhD position on the links between Sleep and Cognitive performance
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
Sleep is a universal conserved behaviour common to all animals with a nervous system, from jellyfish to humans. In all animals, sleep improves overall brain performance, whilst sleep deprivation affects learning, memory, and general neuronal function.
The question the candidate will try to answer is: why does cognitive performance drop after sleep deprivation? Is it because of lack of sleep, or rather because of an increase in tiredness?
The candidates should have a strong background in biological or quantitative sciences and an interest in neuroscience. Preliminary experience with programming is advantageous. Candidates must have, by October 2018, a BSc at 2:1 level or better and, in addition, a Masters degree at Merit level or better. Exceptional candidates without a Masters degree might be considered. Only UK or EU nationals who have been resident in the UK for the last 3 years are eligible. The studentship covers tuition fees and provides a tax-free stipend of about £16,700 per year.
To apply, please send a copy of your CV, a short paragraph describing your interests and your achievements to
The deadline for applications is 31th August 2018 but applications will be processed as they are received.
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 2018.
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.