Research Associate (Mrsic-Flogel Lab)

University College London – Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) commenced research operations in Spring 2016 bringing together world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits process information to generate perception, form memories and guide behaviour. Developed through the vision and partnership of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Wellcome, and with substantial investment from these partners, the mission of the SWC is to generate and test experimentally tractable theories of brain function.

The Mrsic-Flogel lab aims to understand the fundamental principles of neural circuit organization and how this organization relates to the computations that support sensory and behavioural function. The lab approaches this by recording activity in identified neurons in large ensembles to uncover the computations taking place during sensory processing and sensory-guided behaviours, and understanding how these computations arise from the neural hardware: from the synaptic interactions between identified cell types that differ in the patterns of input and output connectivity. 

SWC is now looking for an outstanding researcher to work with Professor Tom Otis, while based in Tom Mrsic-Flogel’s laboratory, on a project about neocortical-cerebellar circuitry and goal directed behaviour.  You’ll lead on the project, designing and implementing experiments and working collaboratively with other members of the lab to achieve the aims of the project and produce publications and presentations on your research.

The post is funded for two years in the first instance.    

You’ll be experienced with optogenetics, optical or electrophysiological recordings in vivo and behavioural neuroscience relevant to cerebral cortex or cerebellar function, be familiar with the hardware and software developments required for the design and control of novel behavioural assays, and be competent in advanced techniques of neural data analysis, particularly spike soring and analyses of large scale imaging data. We also encourage highly motivated candidates with expertise in Physics, Math, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology or Computer Science to apply.

UCL vacancy reference: 1716468        

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button below.

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre HR team,  020 3108 8011.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59.
Interview Date: 20 April 2018

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