Career opportunities

PhD Studentship, Division of Diabetes, Endrocrinology and Metabolism, Imperial College London

A fully funded departmental PhD studentship is available in the Division of Diabetes, Endocrinology and Metabolism, Imperial College London.

The project crosses the Sections of Investigative Medicine and Cell Biology. We are studying the use of gut hormone combinations as a treatment for Type 2 Diabetes and Obesity. You will be developing a novel technique to transplant islets into the anterior chamber of the murine eye, which can then be functionally imaged using confocal microscopy. You will also be genetically manipulating gut hormone signalling pathways (in the nervous system) in order to better understand the mechanism of action of their metabolic effects.

These studies will allow the PhD candidate to develop cutting edge invivo and and invitro skills which are highly transferrable, including pancreatic islet isolation and transplantation, insulin clamp studies, stereotactic surgery, molecular biology (viral vectors), RIA/ELISA and immunohistochemistry.

Please contact Dr Victoria Salem ( or Professor Kevin Murphy (, with a CV and a cover letter to express your interest.

The deadline for applications is Monday 1 May 2017.

University of Otago

Two Year Post-Doctoral Fellowship

Centre for Neuroendocrinology (CNE)

University of Otago

Dunedin, New Zealand

A Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available to undertake brain slice electrophysiological and calcium imaging studies of GnRH and kisspeptin neuronal phenotypes in different genetic mouse models.

 Experiments will involve patch-clamp electrophysiological recordings and GCaMP6 imaging associated with various optogenetic manipulations. Studies aim to elucidate the roles of specific neural populations in regulating fertility. These investigations are supported by grants awarded to Dr. Rebecca Campbell and Prof. Allan Herbison by the New Zealand Health Research Council and Marsden Fund. Recent relevant publications are:


• Moore et al., Enhancement of a robust arcuate GABAergic input to GnRH neurons in a model of polycystic ovarian syndrome. PNAS, 112, 596-601 (2015)
• Han et al., Selective optogenetic activation of arcuate kisspeptin neurons generates pulsatile luteinizing hormone secretion. PNAS 112, 13109-13114 (2015)


The ideal candidate will have substantial expertise in brain slice electrophysiology. Prior experience with calcium imaging and optical manipulations of neural function would be an advantage. Work will be undertaken within the University of Otago Centre for Neuroendocrinology.


The position is full-time, fixed-term for two years and available immediately.


Specific enquiries should be directed to Prof. Allan Herbison or Dr. Rebecca Campbell, Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Physiology, contact details are below. Please see


Applications quoting reference number 1700473 will close on Friday, 17 March 2017.

Leverhulme Trust-funded PhD and postdoc

Two prestigious and fully funded positions supported by the Leverhulme Trust are available to join the group of Dr Tyler Stevenson (University of Aberdeen) and Prof Simone Meddle and Dr Ian Dunn (Roslin Institute). They are currently seeking one PhD student and one Post-Doctoral Research Assistant. Both positions provide stipend, research consumables and travel cost for three years.

More details found here.

PhD position available

PhD position available - Fully funded via the BBSRC EASTBIO scheme:  Developmental stress and biological rhythms: Improving our understanding of the evolutionarily conserved neural mechanisms that underlie the ability to adapt to environmental change. Supervised by Karen Spencer (St Andrews) and Tyler Stevenson (Aberdeen). Full detail available at:

University of Tromsø

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