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Research Fellow ( Barry, Burgess & Cacucci Laboratories)

The Barry, Burgess and Cacucci labs seek to understand the neural mechanisms supporting the acquisition of information and how it is processed to form and update internal representations of the world. Our labs focus on neural representations of space found in the hippocampus and associated brain regions. In the context of the current project, we approach these problems by recording activity in large ensembles of neurons while rodents perform simple spatial tasks in real and virtual environments - in conjunction, opto / chemogenetic techniques provide a means to manipulate neural activity. Together these methods allow us to test and refine specific computational theories describing the way in which the environment is sampled to form models of the world.

We are looking for an outstanding researcher to carry out research on the neurophysiological basis of memory and the formation of spatial representations under a Wellcome Collaborative grant “Organising knowledge for flexible behaviour in the prefrontal-hippocampal circuitry” with Behrens and Walton (Oxford). 

The post-holder will hold a PhD in neuroscience or a related field (or will have submitted your final thesis before the employment start date).

Practical experience in behavioural neuroscience with proven knowledge of research techniques and methodologies is essential along with experience of quantitative behavioural assays and testing of animals (ideally rodents). Excellent oral and written communication skills with demonstrable ability to present complex information to a range of audiences are essential.

The post is full time with a salary of £35,965 - £43,470 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. 

The post is funded for two years in the first instance. Subject to grant funding it is potentially renewable for a further two years. 

For  further information download the Information for Candidates (pdf)

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 10 November 2019.

To apply visit UCL's vacancy listings and search for the advert using reference number 1832112.  Click on "Apply Now" at the bottom of the advert to enter the online recruitment portal.

Queries about SWC vacancies and the application process can be sent to swc.hr@ucl.ac.uk. 

Research Fellow (Murray Lab, SWC and Brownstone Lab, IoN)

The Murray lab at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre and the Brownstone lab at the UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology are looking for a motivated and proactive Research Associate to lead a collaborative project aimed at developing new therapies for the treatment of motor dysfunction. 

This project will involve the development of new viral constructs for the efficient infection of spinal neurons, as well as assaying the effect of different genes on motor activity, both in vitro in stem cell derived motor neurons and in vivo. The selected candidate should have a PhD in neuroscience, molecular biology, virology or a related subject. Candidates without a PhD but with a high level of appropriate experience may also be considered. Experience in in vitro electrophysiology, stem cell culture, molecular biology and/or production of adeno-associated virus will be an advantage. 

The selected candidate will have a PhD in neuroscience or a related subject, and a background and interest in motor circuits.  Experience in in vivo electrophysiology and/or calcium imaging is essential, and candidates will be expected to work effectively in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research environment.

The post-holder will be expected to work effectively in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research environment. Strong written and oral communication skills are essential along with good presentation skills.

This post is full time with a salary of £35,965 - £43,470 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.

The post is funded until 31 December 2020 in the first instance.

For  further information download the Information for Candidates (pdf)

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 10 November 2019.

To apply visit UCL's vacancy listings and search for the advert using reference number 1832441.  Click on "Apply Now" at the bottom of the advert to enter the online recruitment portal.

Queries about SWC vacancies and the application process can be sent to swc.hr@ucl.ac.uk. 

Research Fellow in Neuroscience - Jointly appointed by the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (GCNU) and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) have designed a unique fellowship opportunity for innovative and creative researchers working at the interface of theory and experimental neuroscience, and who are seeking to build independence. 

The selected candidate will have an innovative research proposal that bridges computational/theoretical and systems/circuit/experimental neuroscience along with experience of planning and delivering their own projects. A PhD in neuroscience or a related field coupled with a strong background in contemporary systems neuroscience methods and computational neuroscience theory are required. The ability to build strong collaborative working relationships and an understanding of the mission and research environment of GCNU and SWC is essential.

This post is full time with a salary of £35,965 - £43,470 per annum inclusive of London Allowance.

The post is funded for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of a further 2 years funding pending successful review of progress. 

For further information download the Information for Candidates (pdf).

The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Monday 06 January 2020.

To apply visit UCL's vacancy listings and search for the advert using reference number 1834542.  Click on "Apply Now" at the bottom of the advert to enter the online recruitment portal.

For a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact Tom Mrsic-Flogel (t.mrsic-flogel@ucl.ac.uk) or Maneesh Sahani (maneesh@gatsby.ucl.ac.uk)

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or application process, please contact Mike Sainsbury (m.sainsbury@ucl.ac.uk)