Vacancies and Studentships

The MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit provides an exceptional training and mentoring environment for students, postdoctoral researchers, academic clinicians and visiting scientists at all career levels and from all over the world. The MRC BNDU is an outward-looking and international community.

  • Closing Date: 
    Friday, April 20, 2018

    We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Neuroscience to make a substantial contribution to a multi-disciplinary research project led by Dr Huiling Tan. The project is funded by the Wellcome Trust, and aims to decode movement intention and movement parameters based on subcortical local field potentials recorded from human subjects for the purpose of developing closed-loop Deep Brain Stimulation for the treatment of essential tremor.

    The project will involve collecting behavioural and electrophysiological data (EEG, LFP as well as EMG) from human subjects, analysing the brain signals in real-time to decode relevant information, and then using the information to update the stimulation parameters. The post holder will be based in the Experimental Neurology Group in the Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences in Oxford, working closely with neuroscientists, engineers, neurologists, neurosurgeons, as well as patients undergoing Deep Brain Stimulation.

    The post holder’s key responsibilities include: Managing own academic research and administrative activities; co-ordination of multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines; adapting and developing algorithms and protocols for real-time signal processing; exploring and refining different machine learning-based algorithms for decoding relevant information based on electrophysiological data recorded from humans; developing software for running and analysing the experiments; working professionally with the research team and patients to run the experiments; preparing research findings for presentations and publications; contributing ideas for new research projects and for generating research income; and presenting detailed research proposals to senior researchers.

    Candidates should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in neuroscience or a neuroscience-related or quantitative discipline (e.g. computer science, engineering, physics). Candidates should also have: Experience in machine learning methods and algorithms; proficiency in computer programming (e.g., Matlab, Python, C++); the ability to contribute ideas for new research projects and research income generation; and excellent communication skills.

    This is a full-time, fixed-term post of 12 months in the first instance. This is a University Grade 7 (07S) position with a starting salary of between £31,604 and £38,833 per annum, with a discretionary range to £42,418 per annum.

    Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Huiling Tan.

    Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using vacancy ID 133954

    The closing date for applications is 12 midday UK time on Friday 20th April 2018. Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

     

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  • Closing Date: 
    Monday, April 30, 2018

    We are seeking a self-motivated I.T. Officer to provide I.C.T. support for research programmes in the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit.

    The MRC Unit is uniquely multidisciplinary and operates over two sites at the University of Oxford (Department of Pharmacology and Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences). The Unit aims to understand the interactions between nerve cells that are critical for brain functions and to exploit these to develop novel therapies for Parkinson’s disease and memory disorders.

    The post holder will play a crucial role in managing and maintaining the MRC Unit’s I.T. systems, networks and equipment, and in providing advice and local support for Unit members. The post holder will also help to develop and implement IT strategies and policies and, as required, will liaise with other IT staff across the University. There would also be opportunities for the post holder to actively contribute to the Unit research programmes, e.g. through signal analysis of electrophysiological/imaging data, or constructing micro-devices used in brain recordings. The post holder will be based on the Unit’s main site at the Department of Pharmacology.

    Candidates should be educated to degree level or equivalent, and have high-level understanding, experience and technical competence across a broad range of computing areas including user support, hardware, server operating systems, Windows and Linux networking and data management. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate a creative approach to problem solving, the ability to work independently, and to communicate effectively. Experience of an academic environment would be an advantage.

    This is a fixed-term post with an end date of 31st March 2020 in the first instance (possible extension from 1st April 2020 subject to renewal of funding from the Medical Research Council), to start as soon as possible. The post is full-time (36.5 hours per week), although part-time (minimum of 22 hours per week) would be considered. This is a University Grade 6 (06S) position with a starting salary of between £28,098 and £33,518 per annum (pro rata for part-time).

    Informal enquiries can be addressed to Ben Micklem.

    Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 133847

    The closing date for applications for this post is 12.00 midday UK time on Monday 30th April 2018.

     

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  • Closing Date: 
    Friday, May 4, 2018

    Applications are invited to join two teams at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit at the University of Oxford. We seek a Postdoctoral Neuroscientist to develop, execute, analyse and report on a combination of state-of-the-art electrophysiological, anatomical and behavioural experiments in rodents, as part of a research project that is designed to elucidate the function/dysfunction of midbrain dopaminergic neurons in novel models of Parkinson’s disease. This post offers exciting opportunities for creative neuroscientists who enjoy collaborative work.

    Interested candidates should hold a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, and should have a promising track record of original research in their particular field of neuroscience. Candidates are also expected to have some technical expertise in electrophysiology (in vivo and/or in vitro), and to provide evidence of creative and critical thinking as applied to the development and execution of a cohesive programme of research. Experience of neuroanatomical methods, and of implementing rodent behavioural experiments, is also desirable.

    The post holder will be part of the Magill Group and Dodson Group based on the main site of the MRC Unit at the Department of Pharmacology. Both Groups have strong track records in studying the functional organization of the neuronal networks of the basal ganglia in rodents, including in models of Parkinson’s disease. The Groups use multidisciplinary approaches to elucidate the function and dysfunction of basal ganglia circuits, employing innovative electrophysiological, anatomical, electrochemical, behavioural and genetics-based techniques. The proposed research will take full advantage of the intellectual environment, capital equipment, technical expertise and excellent infrastructure in place in the MRC Unit. There will be ample opportunity to work in partnership with other Unit Groups, as well as with collaborators at the Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre.

    This is a full-time fixed-term post of 36 months, with an initial probationary period, to start as soon as possible. This post is a University Grade 7 (07S) position with a starting salary of between £31,604 and £34,520 per annum (commensurate with experience). Owing to the nature of this position, any offer of employment with the University will be subject to a satisfactory security screening.

    Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Peter Magill and Dr Paul Dodson.

    Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 134260

    The closing date for applications for this post is 12 midday UK time on Friday 4th May 2018.

     

    "Committed to equality and valuing diversity"

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    HR ExcellenceAS Bronze Award