Research Associate – 2 posts

University College London - UCL Institute of Neurology - Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

Applications are invited for two Research Associates in the Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research, UCL Institute of Neurology to undertake high quality research in the field of neuroimaging or computational psychiatry under the supervision of Professor Dolan. The overarching goal is to understand the cognitive and neural underpinning of human motivation in health and disease. The post holders will be expected to exploit computational approaches to brain and behaviour in order to leverage insights into motivational deficits seen in neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Applicants should have, or be close to obtaining a PhD in neuroscience, psychology or a related area and experience with computational modelling of behaviour (reinforcement learning and similar). Experience of programming in Matlab and Python is essential, as is knowledge of reinforcement learning literature, and a good publication record with high quality research results. Experience of conducting neuroimaging research, of Hierarchical Bayesian model-fitting and model-selection techniques, and of using and developing advanced neuroimaging data analysis is desirable, as is knowledge of microeconomics, Game Theory, computer science, classification and clustering methods in machine learning and theoretical neuroscience, and knowledge of psychopathology and associated treatments.

The posts are available immediately and are funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust for two years in the first instance. Starting salary on UCL Grade 7 in the range 34,056 - £41,163 pa, including London Allowance, superannuable.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment, where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1606098.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, UCL Institute of Neurology (email:

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