Dr Alexandre Surget, French National, Living and Working in Scotland
Bonjour! I’m Alexandre. I came to Scotland to take a position with Glasgow University’s Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology. Glasgow is a dynamic place with lots going on – the people are very friendly too.
French neuroscientist Dr Alexandre Surget considered job options in the US and France, but he chose a permanent position at the University of Glasgow because it’s a leading academic institution in the field of neuroscience. He moved to Glasgow in September 2013 with his family, and they're enjoying the city’s culture, great shops and friendly people.
Why work in Scotland?
After my PhD, I took a year-long visiting professorship in Medellín in Columbia – the home town of my wife – and then took up a three-year contract as a Research Fellow at the Kavli Institute in Norway. When my contract was coming to an end, I found a permanent position at the University of Glasgow.
I visited the city with my daughter and we both really liked it. Glasgow is a dynamic place with lots going on. While we were here the Celtic Connections festival was on, which promotes the best in Celtic music and art, and we saw a couple of concerts, which was great fun.
Working at the University of Glasgow
The University of Glasgow is a great place to continue my research into the activity of neurons in the brain, particularly the hippocampal formation, focusing on the effects of stress and stress-related medication.
Living in Scotland
My 7-year-old daughter Anissa is delighted to be in school in Glasgow because everyone speaks English! She can continue to develop her English language after living in Norway for the past three years.
I like the fact that you have all this culture in Glasgow but you can also get out of city in 20 minutes and be in some wonderful countryside – it's easy to get close to nature in Scotland.
And for us, there are great connections to Europe – we can get to Paris in two hours from Glasgow Airport.
I don’t have a car yet, but we plan to explore a lot more of the country during the summer. Our first family break will be a weekend in Edinburgh, so we're looking forward to discovering more about Scotland and what it has to offer.