Postdoctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Psychology

Department/Location: Central Cambridge

Applications are invited for an MRC-funded research associate position commencing 01/12/2016 or soon thereafter. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Psychology and will join the research programme on addiction led by Profs BJ Everitt, JW Dalley, TW Robbins, Drs D Belin and A Milton. This MRC programme grant aims to identify the psychological, neural and molecular bases of the vulnerability to switch from controlled cocaine, heroin and alcohol use to compulsive drug seeking habits.

The successful applicant will join a highly interactive group and will ideally have a special interest in the neural mechanisms of memory destabilisation, reconsolidation and extinction of addictive drug-related memories, including the exploration of novel treatment leads.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant neuroscience subject, preferably neurophysiology/neuropharmacology and a good background in psychology. Relevant experience in behavioural neuroscience, including experimental models of addiction and expertise in one or more of the following: electrophysiology, chemogenetics (DREADD), optogenetics, and molecular biology techniques (e.g. in situ hybridisation, immunocytochemistry and western blot procedures).

Applicants should have excellent organisational and communication skills and be able to work well as part of a team.

If you have an excellent background in experimental psychology, are prepared to face intellectual challenges and wish to develop your scientific skills, we would like to hear from you.

Informal enquiries can be made to Barry Everitt ( or David Belin (

Interviews are expected to take place in the week commencing 21 November 2016.

Further details may be downloaded from the University website.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2021.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please quote reference PJ10015 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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