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 a Research Associate.

The post holder will undertake high quality research in the field of neuroimaging and computational psychiatry under the supervision of Professor R Dolan. The overarching goal is to understand the cognitive and neural underpinning of human attention and motivation in health and disease. The post holder will be expected to exploit computational approaches to brain and behaviour in order to leverage insights into learning and motivational deficits seen in major depressive disorder. The post holder will be expected to hold expert knowledge in MEG and MRI experiment design and analysis, as well as expertise in multi-variate classification.

Applicants must have or be close to obtaining a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, or a related area. Substantial experience conducting neuroimaging in both MEG and MRI and behavioural research is essential as is experience with computational modelling of behaviour (such as evidence accumulation modelling, reinforcement learning and similar).

Applicants also must have experience of programming in Matlab (and psychtoolbox, in particular) and R. Knowledge of reinforcement learning literature (and other solutions to observable and partially-observable Markov decision processes). Experience with performing studies in clinical psychiatric populations and expert knowledge of psychopathology and associated treatments also required.

The post is available from August 2018 and is funded from a grant from the Wellcome Trust until 31 January 2020 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: 1715984

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

Closing date: 07 April 2018

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