Career Development Fellow/Postdoctoral Trainee (MA/331)

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit - MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit - Cambridge

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 postdoctoral position is available to conduct neuroscience experiments on memory, attention and cognitive control within an ongoing research programme led by Dr Michael Anderson.  We seek applicants with experience in functional imaging methods, to contribute to research on understanding the fundamental mechanisms by which humans control their thoughts and memories.  Examples of possible topics include the networks involved in episodic retrieval, and how they are controlled by prefrontal cortex; the impact of control on sub-regions of the medial temporal lobes and cortex; how emotion, stress, or reward modulates control and is affected by it; and the role of attention networks in mediating control. The research thus lies at the interface of cognitive control, memory, attention, and affect regulation and candidates with interest in any or all of these areas will be considered. 

This will be a three year training and development position for a postdoctoral scientist who has recently completed their doctoral studies, is moving into a new research discipline or has limited experience of key transferable skills.  You will get the choice upon appointment to undertake a Career Development Fellowship or the MRC Post-Doctoral Training Scheme.

You will already have, or be in the final stages of a PhD in cognitive neuroscience or a related field, with experience of cognitive and behavioural research on memory, attention, cognitive control or affect regulation. Experience with either fMRI, diffusion imaging, EEG or MEG, and experience with human cognitive experimentation is also required. Experience with additional techniques such as multivoxel pattern analysis, and connectivity analysis desirable, but not necessary.  You will be thorough, efficient, effective, and a good communicator, and enjoy working as part of a diverse and energetic, interdisciplinary team.

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. 

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, quoting reference MA/331.

Closing date:  10th November 2016          

This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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