Postdoctoral Fellowships

There are a huge range of exciting fellowship opportunities for postdoctoral researchers in Neuroscience. 

In addition to offering the Gatsby Unit/SWC Joint Research Fellowship in Neuroscience, the SWC encourages recipients of individual fellowships to choose the SWC as a destination to undertake their research; we offer cuting-edge core facilities and platforms including advanced microscopy and imaging; advanced manufacturing and innovation and research fabrication laboratories; high performance computing platforms and biological research facilities.

Gatsby Unit/SWC Joint Research Fellowship in Neuroscience

The Gatsby Unit and SWC have designed a unique Fellowship opportunity for innovative and creative researchers seeking to build independence working at the interface of theory and experimental neuroscience.  The Gatsby Unit/SWC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience will design, develop and delivering a research project that bridges the gap between computational theoretical and experimental neuroscience.

Fellows will have two mentors, one from the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit faculty, and one from the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre faculty, who will support the delivery of the project and provide computational resources and laboratory space.  Financial support will be provided for research costs and consumables, and there will also be a travel budget for conference attendance.   

As Gatsby Unit/SWC Fellow you will be responsible for the design, delivery and implementation of, and the dissemination of findings from, your proposed research project.  Your project will be interdisciplinary and bridge computational theoretical and experimental neuroscience in its scope and aims.  Your research will be highly collaborative, and you will work closely with your Gatsby Unit and SWC Mentors, as well as build effective working relationships with colleagues across the Gatsby Unit and the SWC, and the wider UCL neuroscience community.

This role is funded for three years in the first instance, with the possibility of a further two years’ of funding pending successful review of the project and its progress.  There is also the possibility that more than one Fellow will be appointed during a recruitment round.

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Where you'll work

The Gatsby Unit is a world-leading centre for theoretical neuroscience and machine learning.  It has significant interests across a range of areas in theoretical neuroscience, including the interpretation of neural data, population coding, perceptual processing, neural dynamics, neuromodulation, and learning; as well as in machine learning and artificial intelligence. There are strong links to experimental neuroscience and cognitive science groups within SWC, as well as elsewhere in UCL, and at institutions around the world.  

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) commenced research operations in Spring 2016 bringing 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 SWC is to generate and test experimentally tractable theories of brain function.

Who we're looking for

You will have an innovative research proposal that bridges computational/theoretical and systems/circuit/experimental neuroscience and experience planning and delivering your own projects.  You’ll have a PhD in neuroscience or a related field and a strong background in contemporary systems neuroscience methods and computational neuroscience theory.  The ability to build strong collaborative working relationships, and an understanding of the mission and research environment of the Gatsby Unit and SWC are essential. 

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How to apply

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.

Contact Us

If you have any queries regarding the Fellowship or the application process, please contact the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre HR team,, 020 3108 8011.

EMBO Fellowships

EMBO stands for excellence in the life sciences.

EMBO is an organization of more than 1800 leading researchers that promotes excellence in the life sciences in Europe and beyond. The major goals of the organization are to support talented researchers at all stages of their careers, stimulate the exchange of scientific information, and help build a research environment where scientists can achieve their best work.

Young scientists actively seek EMBO Long-Term Fellowships for postdoctoral research to fund and support their internationally mobile careers. Hundreds of scientists also benefit each year from EMBO Short-Term Fellowships, returning to their home laboratories with new skills as well as contacts for future collaborations.

A core programme since the 1960s, EMBO Fellowships has benefited thousands of early career scientists; find out more.

DFG Fellowships

The DFG is the self-governing organisation for science and research in Germany. It serves all branches of science and the humanities. Its membership consists of German research universities, non-university research institutions, scientific associations and the Academies of Science and the Humanities.

DFG Research Fellowships are intended to help early career researchers to conduct a defined project at a location of their choice in a country other than Germany and to use it as an opportunity to familiarise themselves with new research methods or to bring a large project to a conclusion.

Henry Wellcome Fellowships

Wellcome exists to improve health by helping great ideas to thrive.  They support researchers, take on big health challenges, campaign for better science, and wehelp everyone get involved with science and health research. They are a politically and financially independent foundation.

The Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme offers recently qualified postdoctoral researchers the opportunity to start independent research careers, working in some of the best research environments in the world.

Applications are considered by Wellcome in October and April each year.

Human Frontier Science Programme Fellowships

The Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) is an international program of research support, funding frontier research on the complex mechanisms of living organisms. Research is funded at all levels of biological complexity from biomolecules to the interactions between organisms.

HFSP postdoctoral fellowships encourage early career scientists to broaden their research skills by moving into new areas of study while working in a new country.

HFSP fellowships are for three years. Fellows may choose to stay for up to three years in the host country or use the last year of their fellowship to return to their home country or to move to another HFSPO member country.

Humboldt Fellowships

The Humboldt Foundation promotes academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from Germany.

A Humboldt Research Fellowship allows postdoctoral researchers to carry out long-term research (6-24 months) in Germany. Applicants choose their own topic of research and their academic host.

Lundbeck Foundation Fellowships

The Lundbeck Foundation is one of Denmark’s largest commercial foundations, worth over DKK 60 billion.  They award research grants of around DKK 500 million each year to Danish-based, biomedical sciences research primarily in the field of brain research.

Lundbeck Foundation Fellowships further research of the highest international standard, primarily in biomedical sciences; this includes projects in natural sciences that have a distinct biomedical focus and research content.

Marie Curie Fellowships

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions support researchers at all stages of their careers, regardless of age and nationality. Researchers working across all disciplines are eligible for funding. The MSCA also support cooperation between industry and academia and innovative training to enhance employability and career development.

Both European and Global individual fellowships are available to experienced researchers looking to work abroad.

NHMRC Fellowships

The NHMRC is Australia’s leading expert body in health and medical research.

NHMRC Research Fellowships are funded for five years and support leading health and medical researchers in full-time research.

The objectives of the Research Fellowships scheme are to foster an intellectual environment which supports and builds the capacity of Australian research for the future and to create knowledge through investment in research which improves health and thus contributes to Australia’s prosperity.