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Research Associate

University College London - UCL Psychology and Language Sciences, Experimental Psychology

Location: London
Salary: £34,635 to £35,579 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th August 2018
Closes: 4th September 2018
Job Ref: 1740251

Applications are invited for the post of Research Associate in the Institute of Behavioural Neuroscience (IBN), located within the Experimental Psychology Research Department, UCL. The project, funded by a Human Brain Project grant awarded to Hugo Spiers in association with Giovanni Pezzulo (CNR Rome) and Christopher Summerfield (Oxford), aims to understand hierarchical navigational planning in the hippocampus and medial prefrontal cortex of rodents. We are interested in how representations in these regions from in hierarchical environments and how they may be used during navigational planning. The project will involve multi-channel electrophysiology in rats to reveal the neural signals. The data will be linked to computational modelling in the Pezzulo Lab and functional magnetic resonance imaging data in the Summerfield Lab.

The successful candidate will be expected to design, conduct and analyse data from behavioural and electrophysiology experiments in rats. The appointee will also be expected to contribute to the writing of manuscripts and presenting the data at international conferences. Strong support for personal and professional development will be available. 

Further information about the IBN is available on

This post is funded for 18 months from October 2018 to March 2020.

Applicants must hold a PhD, or have submitted their thesis, in neuroscience/psychology and have experience of neural recording in animals. The ability to work as part of a research team is essential, as is the ability to problem-solve in a technical setting. Computer skills including Matlab programming are desirable. Particular importance will be given to one or more of the following: experience with animal behaviour, high-level analytic skills, experience with multi-electrode recording or experience with computational modelling of navigation behavior.

UCL vacancy reference: 1740251     

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

Shortlisted applicants will be interviewed in September 2018, with a start date in October 2018. For information about the application process, please contact Sonia Theodoric, . Further information about the scientific aspects of the position can be obtained by contacting Hugo Spiers at .

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

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