Research Assistant

UCL Institute of Neurology - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging, UCL Institute of Neurology as part of the Metacognition Group, under the supervision of Dr Stephen Fleming. The Metacognition Group at the WTCN investigates how the human brain implements metacognition ( Metacognition is a collection of abilities that allow us to monitor and control other brain processes such as memory, perception and decision-making. To do this we combine theoretical models with a range of behavioural and cognitive neuroscience approaches including functional and structural MRI, TMS, M/EEG and eye-tracking. 

The postholder will assist with acquiring and analyzing behavioural and neuroimaging data from human subjects undergoing a range of tests to study aspects of metacognitive function. This is an exciting opportunity to develop the interface of computational and cognitive neuroscience research into metacognition. 

Applicants should have an Honours Degree (minimum 2:1) in experimental psychology, neuroscience, engineering or computer science and prior experience working with human participants in an experimental or clinical setting. Proficiency in programming in one of more of Matlab, R and/or JavaScript is essential, as is the ability to perform statistical and data visualisation. A broad knowledge of other scientific programming languages, experience with collecting data online (eg via Mechanical Turk), knowledge of cognitive neuroscience technologies such as MRI, M/EEG, TMS and eye tracking and a relevant Masters qualification is desirable.

The post is available immediately and is funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust to 31 August 2018 in the first instance. Starting salary on UCL Grade 6 £29,809 per annum, including London Allowance.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment – where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1662250.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email:

Informal enquiries welcome to Dr Stephen Fleming (email:

Closing date: 4 September 2017

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