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Research Associate in AI Brain Sciences (Fixed Term)

A post-doctoral Research Associate position in AI for Brain Sciences is available to work with Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab (

The position will focus on developing and translating AI-guided tools for a) understanding brain processes underlying cognition in health and disease, b) early detection of brain and mental health disorders to inform clinical practice (healthcare, clinical trials).

The research will involve working on research cohort and clinical data, developing and applying machine learning models to synthesise biological (brain imaging, genetic) and cognitive, epidemiological data, validating AI-guided tools in clinical data, translating these tools for adoption in healthcare and industry settings.

The research activity is at the core of a Wellcome Trust funded Innovator Award that brings together multidisciplinary experts in neuroscience (Prof Zoe Kourtzi, Adaptive Brain Lab), machine learning (Prof Carola Schönlieb, Department of Applied Maths and Theoretical Physics, Cambridge Image Analysis (CIA) Group), clinical practice (Dr Tim Rittman, Clinical Neuroscience), clinical informatics (Prof Guy Williams, Clinical Neuroscience) with healthcare innovation (Eastern AHSN) and pharmaceutical industry partners (AstraZeneca). Our work on early prediction of dementia has already gathered significant media interest (e.g. and has potential to deliver transformative applications in clinical practice.

The successful applicant will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface between machine learning, neuroscience, and clinical translation. They will work with teams at the Alan Turing Institute (, the EDoN Initiative ( spearheaded by Alzheimer's Research UK, b) the Data Science and Neuroscience teams at AstraZeneca.

Applicants should have a PhD (or submitted at time of appointment) together with a strong academic track record, in a relevant area (e.g., Neuroscience, Data Science, Biostatistics, Computer Science, Mathematics, Engineering, Medicine). Programming skills are highly desirable and experience with machine learning, data science, computational neuroscience, biostatistics, or clinical neuroscience are highly beneficial. Above all, they will demonstrate enthusiasm to contribute new knowledge, openness to learn new approaches and willingness to contribute to a multidisciplinary team across sectors (academia, healthcare industry.

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

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For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Zoe Kourtzi at

Closing Date: Sunday 26th March 2023 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: TBC

Please quote reference PJ35633 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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