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: 
    Monday, March 13, 2017

    Grade 7: £31,076 - £33,943 per annum

    We are seeking a Postdoctoral Neuroscientist to develop, execute and analyse in vivo electrophysiological, and behavioural experiments. The research is designed to elucidate the function of dopaminergic neurons during learning.

    In addition to a PhD in a relevant discipline, candidates should have a promising track record of original research in their particular field of neuroscience and demonstrate creative thinking as applied to the development and execution of a focused programme of research. Candidates are expected to have expertise in electrophysiology (either in vitro or in vivo); experience with optogenetics and/or rodent behavioural experiments is also desirable.

    The post holder will work in the group of Dr. Paul Dodson and will be based at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit, Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford.

    This is a full-time, fixed-term post of up to 36 months, externally funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, to start as soon as possible after 1st May 2017. 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 Dr. Paul

    Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, vacancy ID 127528.

    The closing date for applications is midday on Monday 13th March 2017.

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  • Closing Date: 
    Monday, April 24, 2017

    Applications are invited from UK or EU residents with a strong mathematical or computational background who wish to use their skills to understand how the brain works or how we can better treat neurological conditions.

    There is currently a huge potential of combining mathematical, computational and biomedical approaches to solve human health challenges. Within the last few decades, neuroscientists have gained detailed knowledge of the biology of the brain, and the time is ripe to create formal theories describing its functioning. Such theories would play a similar role as laws of physics, and would help to predict how to best restore normal information processing in patients affected by diseases.

    The doctoral studies in computational neuroscience would start in October 2017. The project will be supervised by Rafal Bogacz and will be carried out within the interdisciplinary team of the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit. The topic of research could range from developing a formal theory of information processing in the brain to applying machine learning to the data recorded from the brains of patients.

    Candidates must have a very strong mathematical or computational background and an excellent undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics or neuroscience). An undergraduate 1st class or upper 2nd class degree (or equivalent grade) is required for graduate entry to the University of Oxford. The minimum standards for English apply for applicants. This PhD (DPhil) studentship is funded by the Medical Research Council.

    Formal applications must be made via the University online application system. The relevant course code is: Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Neurosciences – RD_CU1. In the covering letter, please describe the research you would like to conduct and clarify how your experience and skills would help you in that work. The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on Monday 24th April 2017.

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    HR Awards

    HR ExcellenceAS Bronze Award