Research Associate in Computational Neuroscience

Imperial College London Department of Bioengineering

United Kingdom

Job summary

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline’s three main areas: Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health....

Job listing information

  • Reference ENG01645
  • Date posted 30 March 2021
  • Closing date 27 April 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location South Kensington Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £40,858 – £48,340 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Bioengineering
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline’s three main areas:

  1. Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health.
  2. Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health.
  3. Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.

The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory is very dynamic and publishes in prestigious journals, such as Nature and Science. It is part of the Department of Bioengineering, which conducts state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research in biomechanics, neuroscience and neurotechnology. The lab is at Imperial College London, the 3rd ranked university in Europe, is in the top 10 worldwide, and is located in the city centre of London. More information can be found at: http://www.bg.ic.ac.uk/research/c.clopath/

Duties and responsibilities

Learning and memory are among the most fascinating topic of neuroscience, yet our understanding of it is only at the beginning. Learning is thought to change the connections between the neurons in the brain, a process called synaptic plasticity. Using mathematical and computational tools, it is possible to model synaptic plasticity across different time scales, which helps understand how different types of memory are formed.

The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, headed by Dr. Clopath, is seeking a Research Associate, working in the field of computational neuroscience.

As a Research Associate you will take initiatives in the planning of research and will be designing plastic artificial neural networks which are modelling the hippocampal complex. In addition, you will be expected to submit publications to refereed journals and to attract external research funding

Essential requirements

You will hold a PhD (or equivalent) in the field of computational neuroscience. You will have expertise in modelling hippocampus, synaptic plasticity, biophysical models, oscillations in hippocampus.  

You will have practical experience within a research environment and / or publication in relevant and refereed journals with Knowledge in programming and of research methods and statistical procedures.

Further information

This position is full time and fixed-term for 12 months (subject to probation)

Due to research funding, the maximum salary for this role is £42,609 per annum

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as a Research Assistant within the salary range £36,045 - £39,183 per annum.

Closing Date:  27 April 2021

For informal enquiries about the post, please contact Dr Claudia Clopath at c.clopath@imperial.ac.uk

Any queries regarding the application process should be directed to Michelle McCartney at m.mccartney@imperial.ac.uk

Committed to equality and valuing diversity, we are an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer and work in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people.

The College is a proud signatory to the San-Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions, we evaluate applicants on the quality of their work, not the journal impact factor where it is published. For more information, see https://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-evaluation/

The College believes that the use of animals in research is vital to improve human and animal health and welfare. Animals may only be used in research programmes where their use is shown to be necessary for developing new treatments and making medical advances. Imperial is committed to ensuring that, in cases where this research is deemed essential, all animals in the College’s care are treated with full respect, and that all staff involved with this work show due consideration at every level. http://www.imperial.ac.uk/research-and-innovation/about-imperial-research/research-integrity/animal-research


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