Research Associate

University College London - UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Cortical Processing Laboratory, Cruciform Building, London WC1E6BT

(two posts)

Full Time:

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £34,056 - £40,055 per annum., inclusive of London Allowance.

We are seeking two highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to work at the interface of computational and experimental neuroscience, in the Cortical Processing Laboratory at University College London, led by Professor Matteo Carandini and Kenneth Harris (

The successful applicants will study the activity of large populations of neurons and in the brain of behaving mice.

Our group investigates the circuits and computations that lead from vision to recognition, decision, action, and navigation. We rely on a multidisciplinary approach including advanced computational methods, massively parallel neuronal recordings, optogenetics, imaging (widefield, two-photon, and ultrasound), and sensory-driven behaviour in virtual environments.

The successful candidates will be expected to take a leading role in all aspects of the project, from designing and performing experiments, to data analysis, to the presentation of the results.

The positions are funded for two years in the first instance.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in neuroscience, engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or a similar field, and an ability to work in a diverse group including computational and experimental neurobiologists. Experience with in vivo electrophysiology, imaging, surgery, and behavioural training is desirable, but outstanding candidates who are willing to learn these skills are also invited to apply. Essential requirements are also experience with analyzing data in MATLAB (or possibly Python), and experience of writing scientific manuscripts as evidenced by a solid record of publications.

Informal enquiries about the post may be made to Professor Matteo Carandini A job description and person specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page. Please ensure you attach your CV and list of publications. You should also provide a personal statement to support your application.

UCL vacancy reference: 1658100

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any enquiries regarding the application process please email:

Closing Date: 19 August 2017

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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