University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Research Associate

United Kingdom

Closing in 6 days

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Experimental Psychology, Tinsley Building, Mansfield Road

We are seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral researcher to join the laboratories of Professors Steve Kennerley and Matthew Rushworth. The laboratories investigate the neural mechanisms of reward-guided learning, planning and decision making.

The post is full time, fixed term for 36 months and is available from 1st January 2024.

The post-holder will carry out research related to the laboratories' interests and collaborate with other researchers in collecting and analysing electrophysiology, fMRI and behavioural data from non-human primates (NHPs) using a range of techniques including electrophysiological recording, fMRI, TUS, and behavioural testing. Experience in the use of these techniques is essential. The applicant is expected to obtain and hold a valid Home Office licence for working with NHPs.

The main duties of the role include leading research investigations using electrophysiological, neuroimaging and neuro-stimulation methods in NHPs in decision neuroscience, analysing complex behavioural and neuronal data, and generating original ideas. The post-holder will also help develop new research methodologies, particularly in wireless electrophysiological techniques and/or high-density neuronal recording approaches. They will be expected to coordinate research activities across multiple research laboratories within our funded collaboration. You will also contribute to scientific reports and journal articles and the presentation of data/papers at conferences. The post- holder will have a well-established research profile and conducts their own research with independence, and will be expected to provide day-to-day supervision for research assistants and post-graduate researchers.

You will hold a PhD/DPhil level degree in physiology/neuroscience/psychology- related subject with experience in cognitive neuroscience research, and considerable experience in single neuron electrophysiology methods. With the ability to manage own research and administrative activities, you will be independent, self-motivated, and able to work collaboratively in a team.

The closing date for applications is midday on 8th December 2023 and it is expected that interviews will be held during 15-20 December 2023.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement explaining how you meet the selection criteria and CV as part of your online application.

To apply for this role and for further details, including the job description and selection criteria, please see the link below:

Contact Person : Vacancy ID : 169510 Contact Phone : 01865 271444 Closing Date & Time : 08-Dec-2023 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 8 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £45,585 - £54,395 per annum

Job details


Postdoctoral Research Associate


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


November 18, 2023

Application deadline

December 08, 2023

Job type



Biology,Medicine,Psychology,Social Science

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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