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Clinical Research Associate (Fixed Term)

A post-doctoral Research Associate/Research Assistant or Clinical Research Associate position in Cognitive Computational Neuroimaging is available to work at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Univ of Cambridge, UK (

The position will focus on advanced ultra high-field neuroimaging (e.g. 7T brain imaging) in combination with computational modelling (Bayesian modelling, reinforcement learning, machine learning), interventional methods (neuropharmacology, TMS, TDCs) and cognitive genetics.

Research in the lab aims to understand how humans of all ages (healthy and patients with neurocognitive disorders) translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours by taking into account previous experience and learning. We address this challenge using an interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural paradigms, multimodal brain imaging (MRI, MRS, EEG, MEG, TMS, TDCs) cognitive genetics, and state-of-the-art computational methods (Bayesian modelling, reinforcement learning, machine learning). We apply these techniques to study the young and ageing brain and understand adaptive behaviours in health and neurocognitive disorders.

The successful applicant will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface between cognitive neuroimaging, computational modelling, and clinical translation.

Applicants should have a PhD, Masters and/or First Degree, or will be able to apply for the PhD programme in Cambridge, together with a strong academic track record, in a relevant area (e.g., Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Genetics, Medicine, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science). Programming skills are highly desirable and experience with brain imaging preferable.

This post may suit medically qualified doctors and trainees in neurology or psychiatry looking to further their research experience and register for a higher degree. A Medical qualification and GMC registration or ability to obtain registration before job commencement is required. This post could provide the basis for registering for a higher degree (PhD or MD).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Prof Zoe Kourtzi (

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

Please quote reference PJ20904 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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