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Now recruiting see links below!!

We are a very international team, with scientists from all over the world – Japan, US, Brazil, Saudi Arabia, China, Nigeria, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Nepal, Colombia, India, UAE and many countries in Europe –  joining us to investigate nervous system development, plasticity, neurodegeneration, regeneration and repair using fruit-flies. If you’re keen on our research, we’d love to hear from you.

For Post-doctoral, PhD, Masters, short-stay visits, summer projects, and work experience, just write directly to Professor Alicia Hidalgo via email.

Want to collaborate? Contact me too.

February 2020

The Group Acting Like Flies

Our address:

School of Biosciences

University of Birmingham


Birmingham B15 2TT

United Kingdom


Please contact me through email.
Here are some fellowships you could apply for:

  • L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science ProgrammeLine
  • Royal Society Newton International FellowshipLine
  • Human Frontiers Science Programme Postdoctoral FellowshipLine
  • FEBS Long-Term Fellowships.
  • E.U. Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
  • EMBO Long-Term Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship


Post-Doctoral Research Fellows to investigate how experience shapes the brain
Two enthusiastic Post-doctoral Research Fellows are sought to investigate how experience shapes the brain and how this in turn modifies brain function and behaviour. We will discover underlying mechanisms that regulate structural brain plasticity and degeneration, linking molecules to cells, neural circuits, neurites, synapses and behaviour. This project is integrated into a larger project within a Wellcome Trust funded research programme led by Professor A Hidalgo into “A molecular switch between structural brain plasticity and neurodegeneration”. The post-docs will work together as part of a larger team to discover molecular, cellular, circuit and behavioural bases of how experience shapes the brain as we go through life. Together, they will use techniques including molecular biology, cell culture, protein biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, confocal microscopy, optogenetics and behaviour. All post-docs will have the opportunity to develop their expertise. Our discoveries will contribute to the fundamental understanding of how the brain changes throughout life and the structural basis of brain and mental health.

Post-doctoral Research Fellow “Behavioural analysis of brain plasticity and neurodegeneration” 

This project is ideal for a candidate with experience investigating behaviour. We will use the fruit-fly Drosophila as a model organism, behavioural neurogenetics with established and custom-made set ups and automatic analysis of behaviour using software, molecular and cell biology, laser scanning confocal microscopy, optogenetics, neural circuit manipulation and analysis, and imaging.

Apply here:

Application closing date:  18 September 2022                

Post-doctoral Research Fellow “A switch between structural brain plasticity and degeneration: molecular mechanisms”

This project builds on our findings of non-immune functions of Toll receptors in the brain to investigate what causes a switch between generative structural change in the brain (cell survival, gliogenesis, neurogenesis, neurite growth, synapse formation) and neurodegeneration. It is ideal for a candidate with expertise in molecular biology, cell culture and protein biochemistry. Genetics and in vivo cell biology with laser scanning confocal microscopy will also be used. 

Apply here:

Application closing date:  2 October 2022     

You will be part of a thriving Drosophila and neurogenetics community at the University of Birmingham, in a multi-ethnic, diverse lab within a beautiful campus in an exciting city.