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 postdoctoral position is available to develop, support and promote the use of online psychological testing methods at the MRC CBSU. The post-holder will work with programme leaders and research staff at the CBU to develop online testing procedures for assessing aspects of cognitive function, perception and mood. These procedures will allow volunteers – recruited internally, externally or via social media – to complete experimental tests of behavioural performance hosted on servers based at the CBSU with testing performed at home using their own PC, tablet or smartphone.

You will have, or be in the final stages of, completing a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience or Experimental Psychology. You will have experience in implementing online behavioural testing and analysis of resulting data.  Experience in paradigm design, data analysis and interpretation in experimental psychology, and programming skills sufficient for developing online tests to run on a range of platforms (including smart phones, tablets and standard web browsers) are also essential.

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 further enquires please contact Matt Davis or Tom Manly

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.

Closing date: 11th December 2016

This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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