Jeffery Lab
Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience


Working at the Jeffery Lab

We have joined the Nuffield summer placement scheme and always welcome opportunities to discuss working in the lab, either (depending on experience) assisting with an ongoing project, or running one of your own. Depending on your level of seniority, the following may be useful:

Work experience

For logistical reasons the lab doesn't offer ad hoc one-on-one work experience, but we think it is valuable for school students to see what scientists do, and what goes in in universities, so we have signed up to the Nuffield Research Placements scheme and welcome students from there.


We no longer offer internships (where people come and work in the lab for a period, to gain experience). For paid internships this is because we do not have funding that allows this, and for unpaid internships this is because they seem unfair (see this cartoon for a neat explanation). There are funding schemes that would-be interns can apply for directly; for example the Wellcome Vacation Studentship or Society of Biology schemes. We're always very happy to discuss putting in a possible application.

Undergraduates and MSc projects

We do offer a limited number of undergraduate and masters projects each year: these are for UCL students. mostly they involved behavioural training, but occasionally students get involved with electrophysiology. Projects are usually assigned around May/June of each year, but sometimes opportunities arise at other times of year so if you are interested, do feel free to enquire about whether this might be possible, attaching a CV with details about grades, past research experience etc.


The lab does not have direct PhD funding but there is institutionally administered funding so if you are contemplating  a PhD in this area, email me with specifics about the kind of thing you are interested in, and why the research that my lab does appeals. For UK/EU students the application process is relatively straightforward and would involve either going for a departmental studentship, for one of the UCL-funded ones, or one of the funding agency schemes (BBSRC, MRC, Wellcome etc). For students from abroad, it is necessary to have your own funding, eg from your home country's government.

Details are on the UCL graduate school webpage.


Postdoc positions are funded from grants and when these come along, they are advertised widely. However, if you are looking for a job and we don't have an advert running, it is nevertheless worth getting in touch as sometimes opportunities arise unexpectedly, or a position may be in the pipeline but not confirmed yet.