Postdoc position, London; DL: Nov 29, 2012

School of Biological and Chemical Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Assistant, working in Drosophila Neuroscience

BBSRC Research Grant, Ref:


A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL) with Prof. Ralf Stanewsky, working in Drosophila Neuroscience.

The Stanewsky laboratory is interested to resolve the mechanisms that synchronize circadian clocks with the natural environmental cycles of light and temperature using Drosophila as a genetic model system. We are applying state of the art genetic and molecular tools available for the fruit fly to identify novel light and temperature receptors and their signalling pathways that underlie circadian clock synchronization. For some background information on the group’s recent research see Current Biology 21:719-29 (2011); Neuron 64:251-66 (2009).

This BBSRC funded project aims to identify the molecular and neuronal basis of a recently identified novel light input into the Drosophila circadian clock, which may also regulate sleep and arousal. In particular, the function of a novel membrane-anchored and light-responsive protein involved in these processes shall be resolved by molecular-genetic and behavioural analysis. In addition, the electrical properties of the clock neurons expressing this protein will be investigated using optogenetic tools, for example genetically encoded fluorescent Ca2+ sensors. This part of the project will be performed in collaboration with Dr. James Hodge (University of Bristol).

The successful candidate will have a PhD or equivalent in biology. Previous experience in at least one of the areas of Drosophila genetics, chronobiology, molecular genetics, neurogenetics, or optogenetics is desirable. During the project, the PDRA will also have opportunities to develop their supervision, writing, communication and organisational skills, excellent preparation for a career in academia or industry. Duties may also include assisting in the training and supervision of the PhD and final year project students.

The position is full time and available for one year, with the possibility of being renewed for two further years thereafter.  The starting salary will be £30,500 – £33,944 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

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For informal enquiries, please contact Prof Stanewsky via email r.stanewsky(at)


To apply, please visit the Human Resources website on and search for reference QMUL1261.

Application enquiries should be directed to recruitment(at)

The closing date for applications is 29th November 2012.  Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.