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We're currently accepting expressions of interest from outstanding scientists to become a Group Leader at the SWC; find out more.

Research Group Leader at the Interface of Machine Learning and Neuroscience

The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (GCNU) and the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) are offering new opportunities for exceptional researchers to work at the interface of theoretical and experimental neuroscience. Group Leaders will conduct creative and innovative research, contributing to an algorithmic understanding of perception, action or learning.

Applications are welcome from all career stages with a PhD in neuroscience, machine learning or a related field and postdoctoral research experience at the time of application. You must have exciting and well developed research plans, and be keen to participate in collaborative and cooperative science across GCNU and SWC.

We offer generous core funding for six years (renewable), a competitive salary, stipends for research staff and students, and access to state-of-the-art research facilities including high-performance computing, prototyping, and fabrication, imaging, virology and histology platforms.

For further details and to apply visit UCL's vacancy listings and search for the advert using reference number 1835545.  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)

Research Technician (Viral Vectors)

The Viral Vector Core at SWC is looking to recruit an experienced virologist/molecular biologist/viral technician keen to work in a world-class neuroscience research centre.

The post holder will be responsible for virus production/purification, mainly of adeno-associated viruses (AAVs), as well as quality controls and basic molecular cloning of new viral vector constructs under the supervision of the facility manager. They will contribute to equipment and laboratory maintenance and will keep accurate and detailed documentation.

You will be part of a small team but will also be working independently and therefore strong organization, time management and problem-solving skills are required. You will also be able to regularly interact with SWC research groups to aid the design and generation of new vectors, and provide advice and expertise for SWC research projects.

Passionate about rigorous and high-quality science, you’ll have previously worked in a research laboratory and hold an undergraduate degree (2:1 or above) in any life sciences discipline. You’ll have practical experience in the production of rAAV, cell/tissue culture and virus titration techniques, and be organised and robust in your record keeping.  A collaborative approach to your work, coupled with strong communication and interpersonal skills, is essential. 

The role is full time, with a salary of £36,028 - £43,533 per annum (inclusive of London Allowance) dependent on experience.

To apply visit UCL's vacancy listings and search for the advert using reference number 1873470. Click on "Apply Now" at the bottom of the advert to enter the online recruitment portal.

The deadline for applications is Sunday 31 January 2021. 

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

Microscopy Specialist

This is an exciting and broad-ranging position for a candidate with the right blend of skills. You will be responsible for driving adoption of new imaging techniques and expanding our range of services. In particular, you will master the latest tissue clearing techniques and establish these within the institute. This will involve setting up workflows, writing documentation, training and advising users, and assisting in the early stages of image analysis. You will help run our fleet of custom automated microscopy systems. Finally, you will be responsible for maintenance and user training of our wide-field and confocal microscopes.

Our imaging facility is still new and the candidate will play an important role in developing the facility itself, in terms of strategy, operation and resourcing. The post-holder will have opportunities to form collaborations within UCL and beyond.

You will have prior experience with high-end microscopy either as a PhD, post-doc or as a member of a microscopy facility. You must have a solid technical or research background and excellent interpersonal skills for this service-oriented role. 

We are looking for a candidate with extensive practical experience in light microscopy techniques (widefield and/or confocal), whole organ tissue clearing (or equivalent experience in a complex tissue processing pipeline), and image analysis. Coding and experience of building simple optical systems is an advantage.

The role is full time, with a salary of £44,737 - £52,764 per annum (inclusive of London Allowance) dependent on experience.

The deadline for applications is  Sunday 17 January 2021.

Download the Information for Candidates (pdf).

For further details, and to apply visit UCL's vacancy listings and search for the advert using reference number 1873517. Click on "Apply Now" at the bottom of the advert to enter the online recruitment portal.