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Research Assistant/Associate in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a highly creative and motivated postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate in Computational and Theoretical Neuroscience to join the research group of Dr Timothy O'Leary in the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge ( The successful applicant will undertake exciting collaborative research projects in theoretical systems neuroscience, working closely with experimental laboratories in top institutions around the world (including Harvard Medical School, HHMI Janelia and the Weizmann Institute of Science). A range of projects is available, covering themes of neural representations of behaviour, neuromodulation and regulatory control in the nervous system. The post will be located in Cambridge, UK but will involve extended periods with experimental collaborators in other European countries, the US and Israel. The appointment commences December 1, 2017 but the start date is flexible within reason.

Formal responsibilities and duties are: i) conduct research in computational neuroscience, applying both mathematical and simulation-driven approaches to the study of neural circuit dynamics, ii) analyse experimental data from experimental collaborators and published sources to develop and test theory iii) publish research outcomes in journals articles and at workshops/conferences, and iv) actively engage in research with collaborating experimental laboratories where appropriate. She/he will be expected to attend local seminars/events, journal clubs, and other group-related activities. Although teaching is not mandatory, opportunities may be provided.

The successful applicant will have, or be near to obtaining, a PhD in theoretical neuroscience, applied mathematics, physics, or theoretical biology, and will have extensive research experience in the specialist field demonstrated by a strong publication record. A solid grounding in neuroscience is desirable.

Salary Ranges:Research Assistant: £25,298 - £30,175 Research Associate: £30,175 - £38,183

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 36 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please upload your CV (including a publications list) and a covering letter by midnight on the closing date. Additional documents that have not been requested will not be considered as part of your application. If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact: Rachel Fogg, email (Tel +44 (0)1223 332752)

Please quote reference NM13139 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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