Research Associate

Bristol, United Kingdom
£33,797 - £38,017 per annum
Jul 25, 2020
End of advertisement period
Aug 23, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Job number ACAD104632
Division/School School of Physiology, Pharmacology & Neuroscience
Contract type Open Ended
Working pattern Full time
Salary £33,797 - £38,017 per annum
Closing date for applications 23-Aug-2020

Postdoctoral position in mechanistic cognitive neuroscience:

A postdoctoral position in Neuroscience is available in Dr Shamik DasGupta's lab in the School of Physiology, Pharmacology and Neuroscience at the University of Bristol. The position will be part of a Wellcome Trust-funded project in which we aim to understand the computational roles of the neurons that express the transcription factor FoxP in the adult Drosophila brain. FOXP2, a member of the FoxP family, was the first gene to be linked with heritable speech and language disorders in humans. Since then, members of the FoxP family has been shown to play critical roles in cognitive processes in a wide variety of organisms, ranging from decision-making in fruit flies to vocal communication in birds, rodents and primates, and cognitive processes in humans. However, the roles of FoxP in the adult brain remains unclear. You will use genetic, transcriptomic and multiphoton-imaging based approaches and combine them with behavioural analysis in virtual-reality arenas to explore the link between gene expression, neural activity and behaviour. You will be involved in the entire work from experimental design, experimentation, data analysis and, depending on interest, computational interpretation in models.


Groschner, L.N, Wah Hak, L.C., Bogacz, R., DasGupta, S.*, and Miesenböck, G* (2018). Dendritic integration of sensory evidence in perceptual decision-making. Cell 173, 894 - 905.

DasGupta, S., Ferreira, C.H., and Miesenböck, G. (2014). FoxP influences the speed and accuracy of a perceptual decision in Drosophila. Science 344, 901–904.

For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Shamik DasGupta,

We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.