Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Updated: 19 days ago
Location: Cambridge, ENGLAND
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 04 Jul 2021

A two-year post-doctoral position funded by the mental health charity MQ is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr Petra Vertes in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge ( ).

We are seeking applicants with a strong background in network neuroscience, neuroimaging, computer science, physics, mathematics or related fields who are interested in working at the interface between these areas.

A key aim of the laboratory is to uncover the biological basis of complex psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia and depression. More broadly, we are interested in understanding structure-function relationships in the human brain, from the microscopic scale of neurons to the large-scale connectivity of brain regions, in both health and disease. We also seek to find mechanistic links connecting our understanding across scales, from genes to cells, circuits, tissues, to the whole brain and all the way to behaviour.

We have a diverse team working on a variety of projects ranging from studying multilayer networks of neuromodulation in C. elegans, to neuroimaging studies of brain development and rodent models of depression, to statistical methods for analysing transcriptomic data and linking these to brain imaging. We are also interested in in-silico models of cognitive function in health and disease. To support this broad programme of research we have close collaborative ties both nationally and internationally, and with several departments and institutes across Cambridge, including Psychiatry, Psychology, Physics and Computer Science, as well as the MRC Centre for Brain Sciences, and the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

We are looking for a new team member bringing distinctive skills and interests but also openness and curiosity towards our existing projects and people. The successful candidate will have the freedom to spearhead their own studies alongside projects initiated by the PI and will be supported in preparing their next career steps.

Applicants should have a PhD and strong computational skills as well as a demonstrated interest in neuroscience. They should enjoy interdisciplinary environments and be able to work both as part of a team and independently. Strong communication skills are essential.

If you are interested, please feel free to contact Petra Vertes ( ) for an informal chat in the first instance. Start time is negotiable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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Closing date: 4 July 2021

Interview Date: 13 July 2021 via Zoom

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

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