Postdoctoral Scientist

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 computational modelling using techniques from machine-learning. The post-holder will provide training, advice and assistance to members of the CBU wishing to develop skills in this area, and will attempt to foster collaboration with members of Cambridge University Engineering Department who share similar interests. The post-holder will be expected to undertake their own original research in collaboration with other members of the CBU.

This is a fixed term position, for two years.

You will have, or be in the final stages of, a PhD related to engineering or computer science, with experience of research using machine-learning methods. You will have demonstrable skills in programming (e.g. Linux, Matlab, Python).  Experience in cognitive or neuroscientific computational modelling, Bayesian modelling and/or neural network modelling would be an advantage. You will be thorough, efficient, effective, a good communicator, and enjoy working as part of a diverse and energetic, interdisciplinary team.

At the MRC CBSU 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.

This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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