Postdoctoral Neuroscientist (Barron Group)

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The MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit (MRC BNDU) and the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging (WIN) are seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Neuroscientist who will investigate neuronal mechanisms of memory using state-of-the art tools available in rodents, including electrophysiological, calcium imaging, optogenetics and/or behavioural methods. The project is part of a broader research programme designed to use cross-species research to uncover mechanisms for memory in both health and disease. Together with other members of the research team, the post holder will design parallel tasks for rodents and humans and apply comparable analytical approaches to data across species. Cell and circuit mechanisms identified in rodents will therefore be used to inform our understanding of human cognition and behaviour.

In addition to having a PhD (or M.D.) or equivalent qualification in a relevant research discipline, candidates should have a promising track record of original research in their field of research. Candidates are also expected to have technical expertise in one or more of the following: (1) electrophysiology; (2) optical monitoring/manipulation of cell activity; (3) techniques for quantifying animal behaviour; (4) data analysis, including machine learning and computational methods. In addition, candidates should provide evidence of creative and critical thinking as applied to the development and execution of a cohesive programme of research. A background of research on memory is desirable.

The post holder will be part of the Barron Group based at the MRC BNDU and WIN. The Group has a strong track record in conducting cross-species research to investigate how cells and circuits in the brain work together to perform computations that support memory. The proposed research will take full advantage of the intellectual environment, capital equipment, technical expertise and excellent infrastructure in place at the MRC BNDU and WIN.

This is a full-time fixed-term post of 24 months, and is available from 1st November 2022. It is a University Grade 7 (07S) position with a starting salary of between £33,309 and £40,927 per annum.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Dr Helen Barron.

Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 159770

The closing date for applications for this post is 12 midday UK time on Friday 30th September 2022.


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