Research Fellow in Neuroscience

University of Southampton - Biological Sciences Research

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join Dr. Gomez-Nicola’s team ( to study the role of neuroinflammation in Alzheimer’s disease.  

You will have a PhD and laboratory experience in a relevant area, with a strong biomedical component. Experience in areas related to neuroscience, immunology and/or neuroimmunology is essential. Having previous experience with in vivo models, histology and/or flow cytometry will be advantageous. You should be an enthusiastic and well-motivated scientist, capable of contributing substantially to developing your own research project, a good team-worker and an excellent communicator.

Our team is interested in the study of microglial cells, the brain’s resident macrophages, in health and disease. This project builds on previous research from the group studying the dynamics of the microglial population in health and disease (Olmos-Alonso et al., 2016; Askew et al., 2017). In particular, we aim to understand and target the activation of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease, as a critical contributor to disease progression. The project is funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC), and is aimed at characterising the contribution of microglial cells to the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease, using cutting-edge technologies of expression and phenotypic profiling of microglia.

This post offers an opportunity to gain experience on diverse techniques working in a research team within an exciting multi-disciplinary research environment. It also offers an opportunity to develop a degree of independence within a supportive team, including supervision of junior staff.

The University of Southampton provides an outstanding environment for research on neuroscience. The research group is part of the Alzheimer’s Research UK South Coast Network and the Southampton Neuroscience Group (SoNG), and is integrated across the disciplines of biology and medicine including laboratories with clinical and non-clinical expertise.

The post is available for a period of 3 years. Interviews are likely to be held in September. Informal inquires can be made to Dr Gomez-Nicola (

Application Procedure

You should submit your completed application form online at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. References are requested along with your application, so please allow time for these to be received prior to the close date, to assist the department with shortlisting. If you need any assistance, please call Charlene Tyson (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 6803. Please quote vacancy reference number 877117BJ-R on all correspondence.

The University of Southampton holds an Athena Swan Silver Award, demonstrating their commitment to provide equal opportunities and to advance the representation of women in STEM/M subjects: science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. Biological Sciences is able to provide flexible working opportunities in a part-time and due consideration will be given to applicants who have taken a career break.

The University has a generous maternity policy, onsite childcare facilities and employees are able to participate in the childcare vouchers scheme. Other benefits include state-of-the-art on-campus sports, arts and culture facilities, a full programme of events and a range of staff discounts. 

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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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