University of Cambridge

Job Opportunities


Research Associate (computational psychiatry) (Fixed Term)

The Prediction and Learning Lab ( is looking to recruit a postdoctoral research associate to join our lab in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. This post involves pharmacological, neuroimaging and computational modeling of adult cognition (including clinical conditions such as autism, anxiety, depression).

The post-holder will be responsible for the design and implementation of behavioural tasks assessing learning, decision-making and perception and the application of learning models (reinforcement, Bayesian, machine) to these data. This will be combined with functional neuroimaging (3T/7T fMRI), physiological recordings and pharmacological interventions. The appointee will be responsible for designing experiments, applying for study ethics, recording and analysing data and preparing the results for publication.

The successful candidate should hold a PhD in a discipline such as computational psychiatry, computational neuroscience, cognitive neuroscience, psychology, neuroscience. Applications will be considered if a candidate has their viva examination scheduled in the next few weeks. There is an expectation that the candidate will have passed prior to take up of the post, which ideally will be no later than November 2021.

Proficiency using MATLAB, R, Python or comparable programming languages is essential. The post-holder should have advanced analysis and computational skills, and direct experience of applying computational modelling techniques to human data. The post holder will also help to supervise and train graduate and undergraduate students in the lab.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Rebecca Lawson (

Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 26th September 2021.

Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at

Please quote reference PJ28034 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.

Further information

Apply online