Investigator Scientist (Postdoctoral position)

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned research institute of cognitive neuroscience. Onsite facilities include dedicated MRI and MEG scanners. The CBU is also a stakeholder in a clinical research facility and a new 7T ultra high field MRI scanner on the Addenbrooke’s campus in Cambridge.

A permanent postdoctoral position is available to conduct neuroscience experiments on memory, attention and cognitive control in the context of an ongoing research programme led by Dr Michael Anderson.  Applicants with experience in functional or structural imaging are strongly encouraged to apply, including (but not exclusive to) those with interests in high field imaging (7t) and spectroscopy.  The position will involve the planning, preparation and implementation of research and the analysis and presentation of findings. Studies of memory control in clinical populations may also be conducted with a view to testing the relevance of this work to psychiatric disorders associated with difficulty controlling distracting memories and thoughts. The research lies at the interface of cognitive control, memory, and affect regulation and candidates with interest in any or all of these areas will be considered. 

You will have, or be in the final stages of completing a PhD in a subject directly related to Cognitive Neuroscience, Psychology, or Psychiatry. You will have experience in neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, or MEG), and be able to work independently on imaging and behavioural studies.   Research expertise in any one or more of the following subjects would be especially welcomed: memory, cognitive control, attention, affect regulation, reward systems and cognition, PTSD or other Anxiety disorders, and Aging. Although a key objective is to undertake behavioural and imaging studies, there is also wider scope for those interested in brain stimulation, computational modelling, and lesion analysis methods.

For inquiries, contact Michael Anderson, by email:  Further information on the unit can be found at Background concerning our work on memory control can also be found at

Choosing to come to work at the MRC CBSU means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme, 30 days annual leave entitlement, flexible working arrangements, childcare vouchers, and additionally a salary sacrifice cycle scheme, as well as access to employee/shopping travel discounts.  On site car and bicycle parking is available.  We also provide a wide range of training opportunities to all our staff.

Our success is dependent on our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our staff.  As holders of an Athena SWAN bronze award we welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age.  As users of the “Two Ticks” disability symbol we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum essential criteria for the post.

For full details of this post and to complete an online application form visit  and upload your CV along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for the post.  Vacancy reference CBSU 327.

Closing date: 6th November 2016         

This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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