Become a Group Leader at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

We encourage applications from scientists at all independent career stages from across the globe, with an ambitious research plan that tackles hard questions in circuits, systems and behavioural neuroscience. A shared goal of SWC group leaders is to generate experimentally testable theories of brain function in a culture that encourages bold research, innovation, and collaboration.

SWC group leaders run independent research teams and receive generous core funds, including tailored research budgets, customised laboratory space, and staffing allowances. SWC scientists are supported by state-of-the-art facilities including prototyping and fabrication, imaging, virology, histology and in-house high-performance computing facilities, accommodated in a new, purpose-designed building.

Close interaction with the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, located within the Centre, enables collaborations in data analysis, computational modelling, machine learning and theory. SWC scientists also benefit from interaction with the wider UCL Neuroscience community, which brings together more than 450 principal investigators. 

SWC Fellows are funded for five years in the first instance.



Who we're looking for

We welcome applications from outstanding scientists with backgrounds in neuroscience or related areas, with exciting research plans, who are keen to participate in collaborative and cooperative science. We are particularly interested in scientists with innovative experimental and theoretical approaches, particularly those that utilise contemporary neuroscientific technologies and novel behavioural techniques. 

Candidates need to have a PhD in neuroscience or a cognate area and postdoctoral research experience at the time of application.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

How to apply

Send your CV, a cover letter explaining your interest in joining SWC, and a research proposal to  Applications will be reviewed on a monthly basis, and all candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application.

Shortlisted candidates will be asked to deliver a presentation on their research to members of the UCL neuroscience community at SWC, and give a chalk talk to a panel of SWC and UCL staff.  

Contact us

More detailed information can be found in the Information for Candidates (PDF).

For further enquiries, including expressions of interest in senior academic positions, please contact the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre Director, Professor Tom Mrsic-Flogel (

Any other queries relating to the vacancy or how to apply should be directed to the SWC HR team,, +44 (0)20 3108 8011.