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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 to join Timothy O'Leary's research group ( in the Department of Engineering. This involves exciting collaborative work with experimental laboratories 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. We especially encourage applications from minorities and underrepresented groups.

The project combines ideas and methods from control, AI and neuroscience to understand how biological nervous systems develop and maintain behaviour. The role involves developing mathematical models, simulations and analysing data to understand neural circuits. The successful applicant will be expected to attend local seminars/events, journal clubs, and other group-related activities and publish research in journals and conferences. Although teaching is not mandatory, opportunities may be provided.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK. The post can involve extended periods with collaborators in other European countries, the US and Israel. We are committed to helping suitable researchers establish a career and this project should provide a major step toward independence.

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

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience). Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will be appointed at Research Assistant level, which will be amended to Research Associate once the PhD has been awarded.

Salary Ranges:
Research Assistant: £26,243 - £30,395
Research Associate: £32,236 - £39,609

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 ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a list of publications and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy/the application process, contact: Rachel Fogg, email (Tel +44 (0)1223 3 32752).

Please quote reference NM18076 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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