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.

An open-ended postdoctoral position is available to conduct cognitive neuroscientific research on speech processing in the context of an ongoing research programme led by Dr Matt Davis. The primary objective of this position is to devise, implement, analyse and disseminate behavioural and functional brain imaging studies of speech perception and comprehension using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Magnetoencephalography (MEG).

You will have, or be in the final stages of completing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience of speech and language or a closely-related area, with experience with advanced neuroimaging methods and/or computational simulations. You will have experience in neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, or MEG) plus behavioural research on spoken language and/or auditory perception, and be able to work independently on imaging and behavioural studies.   Experience of advanced signal processing and analysis methods including time/frequency or multivariate pattern analysis would be an advantage, as would experience of speech manipulation, digital signal processing and/or computational modelling.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC CBU 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 enquiries please contact Matt Davis

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: 8th January 2017

This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer 

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