Research Assistant/Associate in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience (Fixed-Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

Dr Timothy O'Leary
Department of Engineering
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, UK

We are seeking a highly creative and motivated Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Associate in Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience to join the research group of Dr Timothy O'Leary in the University of Cambridge ( The successful applicant will leverage computational and mathematical tools to understand how neurons and neural circuits regulate physiological properties to achieve robust and flexible function. A range of projects is available, covering themes of neural representations of behaviour, neuromodulation and regulatory control in the nervous system at both the cellular and systems level. The post will be located in Cambridge, UK but will involve extended periods with experimental collaborators in other European countries and the US.

She/he will be expected to develop an independent line of research stemming from ongoing work in the group and fully participate in a growing community of information engineers, biologists, and neuroscientists through seminars and workshops. Although teaching is not mandatory, opportunities will be provided. In addition, we will encourage and fund opportunities for training and professional development through summer schools and short courses.

Applicant profile & qualifications:

The successful applicant will have, or be near to obtaining, a PhD in theoretical neuroscience, applied mathematics, machine learning, physics, theoretical biology, or other relevant discipline on the boundary between life sciences, mathematics, and information engineering. She/he will have extensive research experience in the specialist field demonstrated by a strong publication record. A solid grounding in neuroscience is desirable and evidence of strong programming skills is essential.

Appointment details:

The position is initially for three years with possibility of extension, with a 6 month probation period. The appointment start date is March 1, 2018 but is flexible within reason. We especially encourage applications from minorities and underrepresented groups.

Salary Ranges:

Research Assistant: £25,728 - £30,688
Research Associate: £31,604 - £38,833

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your CV, including a list of publications, a covering letter and a one-page statement of research interests in the online application. Additional documents cannot be considered as part of your application.

We encourage interested candidates to contact Timothy O'Leary to discuss project ideas. For administrative questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Rachel Fogg (email:, tel.: +44 (0)1223 332752).

Please quote reference NM14286 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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