Research Associate/Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Department of Psychology

Applications are invited for a post-doctoral Research Associate/Assistant position based at the University of Cambridge under the supervision of Dr Paul Bays. The successful candidates will work on a Wellcome Trust funded research project investigating how neural noise influences human perception and action. The research combines behavioural testing of working memory, visual attention and decision-making with numerical modelling of underlying cognitive and neural processes. The researchers will design, conduct and analyze research on this project in consultation with Dr Bays, and write and communicate results as scientific papers and in scientific presentations at national and international conferences.

Applicants should have (or be about to receive) a PhD in neuroscience, cognitive science, experimental psychology, physics, mathematics, computer science or other relevant subject, with a strong analytical background. Programming experience with Matlab, C or equivalent is essential. Expertise with Bayesian techniques, neural network models, diffusion decision models or reinforcement learning is an advantage. Applicants will need to demonstrate a record of research success and the ability to work creatively and independently.

The post is available from 1 December 2016 until 30 November 2018  in the first instance.

The salary range if appointed as a Research Associate is £28,982 - £37,768 per annum and the salary range if appointed as Research Assistant is £25,023 - £28,982 per annum with promotion to Research Associate on attainment of PhD.

Further details may be downloaded from the University website.

Inquiries about this post may be emailed to Dr Paul Bays:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2018 in the first instance.

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 PJ10420 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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