Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Neuroscience

Postdoctoral Research Scientist in Neuroscience

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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