Reader or Professor/ Chair in Human Neuroscience

Birkbeck, University of London - Psychological Sciences

Purpose and Main Duties

The Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck College, University of London invites applications for a new senior academic position in human neuroscience. The department is particularly interested in applicants who combine MRI-based research with systems, cognitive, and/or computational neuroscience theoretical approaches.

Candidate Requirements

Applicants must have a PhD, and should have a strong track record in attracting PhD students and external funding, as well as in building and sustaining research teams and scientific collaborations. We especially encourage applications from people whose gender, ethnic group, or economic status are underrepresented at higher levels in academia.

The successful candidate will benefit from the highly interactive research environment in the Department of Psychological Sciences as well as at the Birkbeck/UCL Centre for NeuroImaging (BUCNI). BUCNI is a joint Birkbeck/UCL research-only MRI centre which has a strong focus on human structural and functional neuroanatomy, developmental processes, and basic clinical neuroscience.

BUCNI has a excellent physics, scientific programming, and engineering team who collaborate with BUCNI-based researchers to promote technical and theoretical innovations. Birkbeck and UCL have also jointly invested in a new Siemens 3T Prisma scanner, planned to be be operational in autumn 2018.

About the Department

For further information about the psychological department, please visit the following website:

Further Information

Salary: Grade 9 (Reader) or 10 (Professor) of the College's London Pay Scale. Grade 9 is currently on £54,268 rising to £60,600 per annum. Grade 10 is currently starting from £62,305 per annum.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and open-ended. The salary quoted above is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 3 years. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 15 January 2018.

Interviews will be held on a date to be confirmed.

For further information on this opportunity contact Prof Fred Dick, Professor of Auditory Cognitive Neuroscience, email: or Prof Mike Oaksford, Professor of Psychology and Assistant Dean (Psychological Sciences), email:

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and membership of WISE, operating the Disability Confident and Mindful Employer schemes, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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