Research Assistant

UCL Institute of Neurology - Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in the Department of Clinical and Experimental Epilepsy, UCL Institute of Neurology as part of the Human Brian Project, under the supervision of Professor Neil Burgess. The post holder will work to develop and implement biophysically realistic models of the hippocampus while also functioning in the role of spatial navigation. The model will provide an account of how path integration and sensory inputs may be integrated in the hippocampal network and provide a framework by which grid cells can capture the task-structure of an environment. A further goal of the project will involve developing a reinforcement learning based model that will describe how the hippocampus may generate control outputs which will be used to guide the behaviour of a virtual agent during virtual behavioural tasks.

Applicants should have an honours degree (min 2:1) in Engineering, Physics, maths or a related computational discipline, and detailed knowledge of hippocampal experimental and modelling literature. Strong knowledge and experience in developing detailed cellular and network level computational model of networks of neurons is essential as is experience in using the programming MatLab environment. Experience in developing and implementing computational models of grid cells and their interactions with the environment, and a strong publication record in the field of hippocampal neuroscience, are desirable.

The post is available from 1 October 2017 and is funded to 30 March 2018 by a grant from the Human Brain Project. Starting salary on UCL Grade 6b in the range £29,809 - £31,432 per annum including London Allowance.

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:

Closing date: 23 August 2017

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