Postdoctoral Neuroscientist (Sharott Group)

Closing Date

The MRC BNDU is seeking to appoint a creative Postdoctoral Neuroscientist who enjoys who enjoys collaborative, multidisciplinary work.

The main objective of the post holder will be to develop and implement advanced analyses of multichannel neural data (unit activity and/or local field potential and/or electrocortiogram) recorded from many brain areas simultaneously in behaving rodents.

In addition to having a Ph.D. or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline, candidates should have a promising track record of original research in their field of neuroscience. Candidates are expected to have technical expertise in advanced signal and statistical analyses of neural data. Expertise in the following methods would be particularly advantageous: spike sorting, data “cleaning” (e.g. artifact removal), analysis of neural oscillations/circular statistics, principal/independent component-based analysis of task-encoding and/or cell assemblies. Experience in using some machine learning/artificial intelligence-based approaches is also desirable. In addition, candidates are expected to evidence creative and critical thinking as applied to the development and execution of a cohesive programme of research. Experience in neuroscience (preferably in vivo) is strongly preferred, but candidates from other fields may be considered if they can clearly demonstrate relevant skills and their ability to adapt them to this position.

The post holder will be part of the Sharott Group based at the MRC BNDU. The Group has a strong track record in studying the functional organisation of the cortico-basal ganglia-thalamic networks in rodents and humans. The Group use transdisciplinary approaches to elucidate the substrates underlying activity dynamics in these brain circuits, employing innovative techniques to monitor and manipulate neurons and to determine their influence on behaviour.  The proposed research will take full advantage of the intellectual environment, capital equipment, technical expertise and excellent infrastructure in place at the MRC BNDU.

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for up to 25 months, with an initial probationary period, to start on 1st March 2023 or as soon as possible thereafter, with a latest end date of 31st March 2025. The post is a University Grade 7 (07S) position with a starting salary of between £34,308 and £42,155 per annum (with the possibility to underfill at Grade 6 [£30,502 - £36,386 p.a.] if all of the advertised criteria are not met).

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Andrew Sharott.

Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 162881.

The closing date for applications for both posts is 12 midday UK time on Monday 6th February 2023. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.


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