Postdoctoral Research Assistant, Surrey Sleep Research Centre

Surrey, United Kingdom
£35,308 to £43,155 per annum
23 Mar 2023
End of advertisement period
31 Mar 2023
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Surrey Sleep Research Centre

Location: Other
Salary: £35,308 to £43,155 per annum
Fixed Term
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Friday 31 March 2023
Reference: 017223

Evaluating a New ADHD Drug using Zebrafish as a Model System

Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects both children and adults. The disorder is characterised by symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity that can significantly impair daily functioning and quality of life. Current medications used to treat ADHD include stimulants and non-stimulants, which have been effective for many people but have limitations in terms of efficacy, side effects, and long-term use. Additionally, there is a growing need for more tailored treatment options that address specific symptoms or subtypes of ADHD. Therefore, the development of new drugs for treating ADHD is important to improve outcomes and address the needs of individuals with ADHD. We are seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic Postdoctoral Researcher to join our team for a 6-month fixed-term position to evaluate new ADHD drugs using zebrafish as a model system. The successful candidate will work in a dynamic research environment and contribute to an exciting new project.


  • Conduct behavioural experiments using zebrafish to evaluate the efficacy of a new ADHD drug
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Prepare research reports for publication, and present findings to the funder
  • Assist in maintaining laboratory equipment and supplies
  • Comply with laboratory safety and animal welfare protocols

The position is available immediately and is a fixed-term contract for 6 months. A UK Home Office personal licence is desirable.

We offer a competitive salary and access to state-of-the-art laboratory facilities in the Surrey Sleep Research Centre at the beautiful campus of the University of Surrey, close to London.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Matthew Parker (

Please note, it is University Policy to offer a starting salary equivalent to Level 3.6 (£34,314) to successful applicants who have been awarded, but are yet to receive, their PhD certificate. Once the original PhD certificate has been submitted to the local HR Department, the salary will be increased to Level 4.1 (£35,308).

Further details: Job Description

For more information and to apply online, please download the further details and click on the 'apply online' button above.

In return we offer a generous pension, relocation assistance where appropriate, flexible working options including job share and blended home/campus working locations (dependent on work duties), access to world-class leisure facilities on campus, a range of travel schemes and supportive family friendly benefits including an excellent on-site nursery.

Click here to find out more about the benefits we offer to support you.

The University of Surrey is committed to providing an inclusive environment that offers equal opportunities for all. We place great value on diversity and are seeking to increase the diversity within our community. Therefore we particularly encourage applications from under-represented groups, such as people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.