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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for one MRC-funded Research Associate position starting 01/10/2019. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Psychology and join the groups of Prof. Jeff Dalley ( , Prof. Barry Everitt ( and Dr David Belin (

The Cambridge laboratory focuses on the psychological and brain mechanisms of drug addiction, OCD, ADHD, depression and other psychiatric disorders, and uses translational methodologies to bridge fundamental discoveries in brain science with the development of new therapies.

The successful candidate will share responsibility for delivering an experimental programme of research funded by the UK Medical Research Council to investigate the neural and psychological mechanisms of drug addiction. This behavioural neuroscience project seeks to understand why compulsive drug use develops in only some subjects by virtue of underlying traits such as anxiety, impulsivity and sensation-seeking. The successful candidate will be responsible for behavioural phenotyping, the collection and analysis of samples for gene expression and neurochemistry, and in collaboration with colleagues at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate the structural and functional integrity of the brain before and after drug exposure.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant neuroscience subject, preferably in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and/or biological psychology. Relevant post-doctoral experience in behavioural neuroscience, including the assessment of addiction-relevant behavioural endophenotypes and experience of small-animal MRI is essential. Expertise in programming, data analysis and statistical hypothesis testing would be highly desirable. Applicants should have excellent organisational and communication skills, and be able to work well as part of a team.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2021 in the first instance.

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

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Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Professor Jeffrey Dalley ( or telephone 01223 765 291.

Please note the closing date for applications is 3rd September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20223 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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