Postdoctoral Research Scientist (Tan Group)

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The MRC BNDU is seeking to appoint a Postdoctoral Research Scientist to make a substantial contribution to an MRC-funded multidisciplinary research programme led by Professor Huiling Tan. The research project aims to: (1) investigate the role of oscillatory electrophysiological brain activities in motor control, affective processing and decision making; (2) understand how abnormal interactions between brain cells cause symptoms in neurological and psychiatric disorders; (3) use invasive and non-invasive brain stimulation to probe the causal relationship between neural network dynamics and behaviour; and (4) leverage these insights to pioneer closed-loop approaches to therapeutic brain stimulation for better treatment of neurological and psychiatric disorders.

The post holder’s duties will include managing academic research and administrative activities, developing and adapting new research methodologies, and collaborating in the preparation of research publications. The post holder will also provide guidance to junior members of the research group including research assistants, graduate students, and/or project volunteers.

The post holder will be part of the Tan Group based at the hospital site of the MRC BNDU, and will have ample opportunity to collaborate with Unit research programmes in fundamental neuroscience, computational neuroscience and biomedical engineering. The proposed research will take full advantage of the intellectual environment, capital equipment, technical expertise and excellent infrastructure in place at the MRC BNDU.

The successful candidate will hold or be close to completing a relevant Ph.D. or equivalent in a quantitative discipline (e.g. computer science, engineering, physics) or neuroscience. They will have experience with designing, programming and setting-up experiments with human participants that involve simultaneous electrophysiological recordings (such as EEG, LFP, MEG) and/or brain stimulation manipulation (DBS or non-invasive stimulation such as tACS, tDCS, TMS). They will also have strong programming skills and experience in signal processing for EEG, LFP or MEG. Experience in computational modelling and machine learning algorithms and real-time signal acquisition and processing is desirable.

This is a full-time fixed-term post of 24 months in the first instance (with latest end date 31st March 2025). This post is a University Grade 7 (07S) position with a starting salary of between £34,308 and £42,155 per annum.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Professor Tan.

Applications must be made via the University of Oxford’s online recruitment system, using Vacancy ID 160645.

The closing date for applications for this post is 12 midday UK time on Monday 21st November 2022.


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