Job offer available in Scotland Programmer/Software Engineer at University of Edinburgh

University of Edinburgh

The role:

We seek an experienced Programmer/Software Engineer/Data Scientist to join our team at an important stage of our research. The laboratory studies the molecular basis of brain function and generates large datasets that require analysis. Our research focusses on synapses, which are the connections between nerve cells in the brain. There are estimated to be a million billion synapses in the human brain and they are known to malfunction in over 130 brain diseases.

We have developed microscopy imaging methods to visualize individual synapses in brain tissue sections and are generating massive datasets for quantitative analysis. Our methods, which are used in mice and humans, are based on the fluorescent labelling of proteins in synapses and their detection using high-speed microscopes. We have developed a transformative technology pipeline called “G2CSynMAPP”, for mapping these at the whole brain scale and have been able to create the first whole brain maps of synapses. These maps are called “synaptome maps”. Our tools and resources are now in high demand from the scientific and medical communities both locally, nationally and internationally.

The candidate profile:

Applicants who have a strong interest in parallel programming, handling big imaging and advanced microscopy datasets, and tackling new and exciting problems are encouraged to apply. This position requires a university degree or equivalent experience in computer science, informatics or another related discipline.   

The post holder will be joining a team which includes experts in quantitative image analysis, genetics, biochemistry, and neuroscience. The successful candidate should have experience in working within a research group and be driven by a collegiate, collaborative ethos, and be an independent individual committed to research. The chosen candidate will be based in the Centre for Clinical Brain Sciences at University of Edinburgh (

Enquiries are welcome and can be sent to Seth Grant at

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