Research Associate

University College London - Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging - Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research

The Max Planck UCL Centre for Computational Psychiatry and Ageing Research is seeking two Research Associates.

The post holders will undertake high quality research in the field of neuroimaging or computational psychiatry under the supervision of Professor R Dolan. The overarching goal is to understand the cognitive and neural underpinning of emotional and motivational processes in health and disease. The post holders will be expected to exploit computational approaches to brain and behaviour in order to leverage insights into affective and motivational symptoms seen in neuropsychiatric disorders such as anxiety disorder, depression or Parkinson’s disease. The post holders will be also expected to hold expert knowledge in psychopathology in order to recruit patients for clinical studies.

Applicants must have or be close to obtaining a PhD or equivalent degree in neuroscience, psychology, or a related area.

Substantial experience in conducting neuroimaging and behavioural research is essential as is experience of programming in Matlab, including Cogent/Psychtoolbox. Experience in using and developing advanced neuroimaging data analysis including connectivity analyses of task-based and resting-state data is also required.

The posts are available from June 2018 and are funded from a grant from the Wellcome Trust for 1 year in the first instance.

Starting salary is on UCL Grade 7 in the range £34,635 - £ 41,864 pa including London Allowance. Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at Research Assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316 - £31,967 pa) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis, including corrections.

You should apply for this post through UCL's online recruitment – where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1716462

For further information regarding the application process please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Institute of Neurology (email:

Interview date: TBC

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