Job vacancies at the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

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Current vacancies

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Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow ( two posts)

​​​​​​Reference:       B02-06781
Salary:              £42,099 to £50,585 p.a. inclusive of London Allowance (UCL G7): £51,474 to £60,521 p.a. inclusive of London Allowance (UCL G8)
Working Type: Full time
Closing date:   Saturday 25 May 2024 at 23:59


About the role
We are looking for two excellent Post-Doctoral Research Fellows to join the Duan and Erlich Labs at the SWC. Our labs aim to understand how neural circuits generate flexible, cognitive behaviors. In particular, we use freely-moving and head-fixed rodent paradigms to study economic decision-making under risk, uncertainty and social influence, and the circuit mechanisms underlying these choices. In the role, you will design and implement independent research projects, and be involved in a range of activities both independently and in collaboration with others. Activities may include animal behavioral training, recording and/or imaging from identified neural populations, neuronal perturbation, setting up experimental equipment, data analysis, computational modeling, and scientific communication, including writing up manuscripts for publication and grant writing.

About you
The post-holder 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, high density electrophysiological recordings, or computational modelling of behaviours and/or neural dynamics would be desirable. The Grade 8 post-holder will supervise 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. This post is funded for two years in the first instance with the possibility of extension subject to successful grant application/renewal. Please specify in your application which grade you would like to be considered for. The first stage online interviews will be held on the 6th and/or 7th June followed by on-site interviews 3 weeks later.

What we offer
The SWC offers staff an award-winning work environment in the heart of Fitzrovia with an onsite brasserie, access to 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, career break policy  and a range of financial benefits such as a season ticket loan scheme and staff discounts.

How to apply
To apply visit UCL’s vacancy listings and search for vacancy reference B02-06781. Click on “Apply Now” to enter the recruitment portal and start your application.

Download the full Job Description and Person Specification.

Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (Branco and Margrie Labs)

​​​​​​Reference:       B02-06900
Salary:              £42,099 to £60,521 p.a. inclusive of London Allowance 
Working type:  Full time
Closing date:   Sunday 2nd June 2024 at 23:59
Available until: Funded for two years in the first instance
 

About the role
We are seeking a motivated and creative postdoctoral bioinformatician to join the Branco and Margrie laboratories at SWC.

You will work on the analysis and interpretation of the genome of the fiddler crab Uca tangeri. This species has been developed by our institution as a model system for studying the neural underpinnings of vector-based navigation. As the genome sequence has recently been completed, you will have the opportunity to publish first-author papers and present your work at international conferences. 

This position offers an outstanding opportunity to develop your research skills and contribute to cutting-edge research on the neural mechanisms of navigation in a unique model system. You will have the opportunity to draw on the experimental resources of multiple labs at SWC and the broader neuroscience community at UCL and beyond. 

About you
You will be an excellent communicator with strong data visualisation skills. Programming expertise in languages such as Python, R, C++ or Java are required along with experience of genome assembly, annotation and comparative genomics. 

Candidates wishing to be appointed at Senior Research Fellow level should demonstrate experience of guiding and supervising a small team. 

This post is funded for two years in the first instance.

What we offer
The SWC offers staff an award-winning work environment in the heart of Fitzrovia with an onsite brasserie, access to 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, career break policy  and a range of financial benefits such as a season ticket loan scheme and staff discounts.

How to apply
To apply visit UCL's vacancy listings and search for vacancy reference: B02-06900

Download the full Job Description and Person Specification.

 

 

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For general enquiries please contact the SWC HR team swc.hr@ucl.ac.uk, +44 (0)20 3108 8011.

 

 

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