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Research Associate (Murray Lab) – University College London

University College London – UCL Sainsbury Wellcome Centre

Hours: Part-time, 29.2 hours per week (80% FTE).

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7.

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (SWC) commenced research operations in Spring 2016 bringing together world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits process information to generate perception, form memories and guide behaviour. Developed through the vision and partnership of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Wellcome, and with substantial investment from these partners, the mission of the SWC is to generate and test experimentally tractable theories of brain function.

The Murray lab aims to understand how neural circuits in the nervous system interpret all sensory information in order to generate appropriate motor commands. The lab is focused on the vestibular system and investigates the brainstem and spinal circuits that are involved in vestibulo-motor behaviours with the belief that information gained from these circuits will yield important insights into how the brain processes sensory information more generally.

The lab is looking for a motivated and proactive Research Associate to join a recently established and growing research programme. As the focus of the lab is to understand how vestibular sensory information is used by central neural circuits to guide and modify behaviour, this position will have an emphasis on delineating the neural circuitry of the vestibular nuclei, and will be responsible for the oversight and management of the lab.

The role is funded for two years in the first instance. 

The selected candidate will have a PhD in neuroscience or a related subject, and a background and interest in vestibular neural circuits.  Experience in anatomical neural circuit mapping, preferably in the vestibular system, is essential, and candidates will be expected to work effectively in a highly collaborative and multidisciplinary research environment.

Applicants should apply online; to access further details about the position and how to apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply’ button below. If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or the application process, please contact the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre team: swc.hr@ucl.ac.uk, 020 3108 8011.

Closing date: 28 May 2018.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview date: TBC.

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