Postdoctoral Scientist

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

Fixed Term – 2 years

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned research institute of cognitive neuroscience. Our facilities include dedicated PRISMA-MRI and MEG scanners, cognitive testing facilities across the lifespan, and a high performance computing network, together with a strong research partnership with the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (Addenbrooke’s Hospital site). 

A postdoctoral position is available in the Methods Team to take responsibility for developing and evaluating MRI methods and sequences for a range of applications of 7T MRI in cognitive neuroscience, focusing on high-resolution fMRI and laminar-specific BOLD. There is also potential to extend the scope of the work to include high-resolution structural imaging, susceptibility-based imaging and spectroscopy. The program of research will use the first Siemens Terra scanner in the UK, based at the WBIC. 

You will have, or be in the final stages of, a PhD related to physics or engineering, with experience of MRI in a research context, in particular MRI sequence development and evaluation. Experience in MRI at 7T or above, and in particular experience of Siemens MRI scanners is also desirable, as is experience in neuroimaging and analysis of MRI data (eg. SPM, FSL, freesurfer software, and Matlab and/or Python programming). You will be thorough, efficient, effective, a good communicator, and enjoy working as part of a diverse and energetic, interdisciplinary team. 

At the MRC CBU 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. 

Closing date:  12th December 2016 

This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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