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Research Associate

Imperial College London - Department of Bioengineering

Location: London
Salary: £37,904 to £42,654 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 25th March 2019
Closes: 22nd April 2019
Job Ref: ENG00777

Research Associate

Research Associate Salary Range: £37,904 – £42,654 per annum* 

(Maximum salary on appointment will be £42,654 per annum) 

Fixed-term appointment for 12 months (subject to probation) 

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline’s three main areas:

  • Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health.
  • Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health.
  • Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines. 

Environment: The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory is very young and dynamic, and publishes in prestigious journals, such as Nature and Science. It is part of the Department of Bioengineering, which conducts state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research in biomechanics, neuroscience and neurotechnology. The lab is at Imperial College London, the 3rd ranked university in Europe, is in the top 10 worldwide, and is located in the city centre of London. More information can be found at: 

Research topic: Learning and memory are among the most fascinating topic of neuroscience, yet our understanding of it is only at the beginning. Learning is thought to change the connections between the neurons in the brain, a process called synaptic plasticity. Using mathematical and computational tools, it is possible to model synaptic plasticity across different time scales, which helps understand how different types of memory are formed. The Postdoc candidate will be designing plastic artificial neural networks which are modelling the hippocampal complex. 

Requirements: The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, headed by Dr. Clopath, is looking for a talented Postdoc, working in the field of computational neuroscience. The perfect candidate has a strong mathematical, physical or engineering background, and has done a PhD in the field of computational neuroscience. The ideal candidate has expertise in network dynamics, mean-field theory, recurrent neural network simulations and dynamical systems for neuroscience. It is a plus if the candidate has worked on balanced network, feature specificity, plasticity, inhibition-dominated neural network, modelling visual cortex.   

This post will be based at the South Kensington Campus. 

You must have a good undergraduate degree/ MSc in physics, mathematics, engineering (or equivalent) and a PhD in computational neuroscience (or equivalent). You will have previous experience in computational neuroscience. 

Our preferred method of application is online via our website. Please click ‘apply’ below or go to  (Select “Job Search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “Keywords”). Please complete and upload an application form as directed quoting reference number ENG00777. Further information is also available on the job description. 

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Jo Adam,

Closing Date 4 weeks from the date of posting 

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