Research Associate

UCL Institute of Neurology - Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders

Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, UCL Institute of Neurology. The successful applicant will work in Dr Alexander Kraskov’s lab investigating cortical and subcortical mechanisms of movement generation and inhibition in non-human primates.

The appointee will perform electrophysiological recordings of single neurons, including identified pyramidal tract neurons, and local field potentials in cortical and subcortical motor structures of purpose bred non-human primates trained to perform and observe skilled motor tasks. The main objectives would be to investigate properties of mirror neurons in cortical and subcortical structures and to establish in the lab new recording techniques with multiple contact probes. In addition to leading the main project, the appointee will have an opportunity to contribute to several ongoing projects in the lab, including data analysis of already acquired neurophysiological data, and to learn state of the art electrophysiological and MR imaging techniques. The post holder is expected to conduct high quality research, and produce relevant publications in front line journals.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant area. Experience in electrophysiological recordings and electrophysiological data analysis is essential; knowledge of Matlab or similar programming language is also required. Experience in training non-human primates for skilled tasks, and knowledge of statistical and machine learning data analysis techniques, are desirable.

The post is available immediately and is funded initially for two years by a grant from the BBSRC. Starting salary on UCL Grade 7 in the range £34,635 - £41,864 pa, inclusive of London Allowance, superannuable.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment - – where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1675798.

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, Institute of Neurology, Queen Square, London WC1N 3BG (tel: 020 7676 2191; fax:  020 7278 5069; email:

All scientific and informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Alexander Kraskov -

Closing date: 22 October 2017

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