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Senior Research Fellow

About us

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) brings together world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits process information to generate perception, form memories and guide behaviour. Developed through the vision and partnership of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Wellcome, and with substantial investment from these partners, the mission of the SWC is to generate experimentally testable theories of brain function.

The Centre will comprise around 14 highly interdisciplinary experimental research groups accommodated in a new, purpose-designed building, offering an outstanding and unparalleled research environment. SWC scientists use a broad spectrum of the latest advances in molecular and cellular biology, imaging, electrophysiology and behavioural techniques and enjoy state-of-the-art research laboratories, cutting-edge scientific equipment, technologically-advanced prototyping and fabrication laboratories and custom in-house high-performance computing facilities.

About the role

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre is looking for an outstanding Senior Research Fellow to join Dr Ann Duan’s laboratory. While working in the lab you will design and implement independent research projects, and be involved in a range of activities, including animal behavioral training, recording and/or imaging from identified neural populations, neuronal perturbation, setting up experimental equipment, data analysis, computational modeling, and writing up manuscripts for publication.

About you

The postholder will have research experience in areas ranging from behavioral experimentation, in vivo electrophysiology and imaging, neural circuit manipulation to computational/theoretical neuroscience. Prior experience with two-photon imaging or high density electrophysiological recordings would be desirable. The postholder will contribute to the supervision of a small team of researchers, students, or laboratory staff, and work in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research environment. Strong communication and critical thinking skills, as well as a dedication to teamwork and collaboration, are essential.

What we offer

The SWC offers staff an award-winning work environment in the heart of Fitzrovia with an onsite brasserie, access to lockers and changing facilities, secure bicycle storage, and access to pleasant outdoor spaces. The Centre also offers the full range of UCL staff benefits, including a generous annual leave entitlement, occupational pension schemes, excellent family-friendly policies such as occupational shared parental pay, a work-life balance policy, and a range of financial benefits such as a season ticket loan scheme and staff discounts. Further information can be found online

How to apply

To apply visit UCL’s vacancy listings and search for the advert using the vacancy reference number B02-04121. Click on “Apply Now” at the bottom of the advert to enter the online recruitment portal. 

If you have any queries relating to the vacancy or how to apply please contact the SWC HR team,, +44 (0)20 3108 8011.

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