Job Description:
We are looking for a dedicated Early Stage Researcher to join the EvoCELL network to develop transgenesis tools for the marine annelid Platynereis dumerilii for the manipulation of the activity of individual neurons in this fully-mapped nervous system. The ESR will use a combination of approaches, including molecular cloning, microinjection, connectome reconstruction, immunostaining, confocal microscopy and other tools.

The successful candidate will receive in-depth training in molecular neuroscience, imaging and neural circuits. The 12 month position is part of the EvoCELL Marie Sk?odowska-Curie Innovative training Network ( The ESR will join the group of Professor Gáspár Jékely. The successful applicant will work in the Living Systems Institute in the field of neuroscience, contributing to the study of neural circuits and behaviour in the marine annelid model Platynereis.

Main purpose of the job:
To carry out research in the area of neurogenetics, neuronal transgenesis, evolution of neuronal circuits, evo-devo, imaging, and marine larval biolog

General information on the EvoCELL Network
The EvoCELL network comprises 11 European partner laboratories joining forces to elucidate the evolution of animal cell types by comparative whole-body single-cell RNA-seq approaches. The network, coordinated by EMBL Heidelberg, brings together 8 academic and 2 non-academic organizations from 6 European countries, including a company and a museum. Partners have complementary expertise in evolutionary developmental biology (EvoDevo), bioinformatics, functional neurobiology, and paleontology. The fellow will also have the opportunity to take part in the network training activities and benefit from established collaborations.

Eligibility criteria
In order to be eligible to apply for this position, candidates should have completed their Master studies (or a degree that allows them to embark in a PhD in their country of origin or in the hosting country), no longer than 4 years from the start of the fellowship. At the start of their fellowship, candidates may not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc) in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the appointment. Candidates can be of any nationality, but are required to undertake transnational mobility. Applications from candidates who already possess a doctoral degree will not be considered.

Selection process

Applicants should apply at the University of Exeter recruiting website (search for the reference No P70495 as Keyword).

Application closing date: 18/03/2020

The Job Profile and a Job Description (pdf) is available here.

Additional comments

The above full-time post is available immediately for 12 months in the Living Systems Institute.