University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Research Associate in Integrative Neuroimaging (Fixed Term)

Research Associate in Integrative Neuroimaging (Fixed Term)

A post-doctoral Research Associate position in Integrative Neuroimaging is available to work with Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Univ of Cambridge, UK (https:// www.

The position will focus on the development of neuroimaging methods and their translation to human and animal neuroimaging studies of cognition focusing on learning and brain plasticity. Our studies combine ultra-high field brain imaging (7T fMRI, MR Spectroscopy), electrophysiology (EEG), genetics, interventional (TMS, tDCS) and neurocomputational (machine learning, reinforcement learning) approaches to understand the network dynamics that support learning and brain plasticity.

The research activity is at the core of a Wellcome Trust funded Collaborative award that brings together a cross-disciplinary team of international experts to investigate the role of brain network dynamics for adaptive behaviour. Our research programme bridges work across scales (local circuits, global networks) and species (humans, mice) to uncover the neurocomputations that support learning and brain plasticity. Our work capitalises on cutting-edge methodological developments in our team: a) human and animal ultra high-field MR Spectroscopy and functional brain imaging (Emir lab, Purdue; Kourtzi lab, Cambridge), b) neuroengineering tools including optical GABA sensors (Looger lab: UCSD) and electrophoretic drug delivery (Malliaras lab, Cambridge), cellular imaging, optogenetics, electrophysiology neuropharmacology (Paulsen, Dalley, Poort labs, Cambridge; Rusakov lab: UCL).This international collaborative network provides unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary training in innovative methodologies at the interface of neuroscience and computational science.

Research in the Adaptive Brain lab aims to understand how humans of all ages (healthy and patients with neurocognitive disorders) translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours by taking into account previous experience and learning. We develop cross-disciplinary approaches to study the young and ageing brain and understand adaptive behaviours in health and neurocognitive disorders.

You will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface between neuroscience and computational sciences. You will be integrated in a diverse collaborative team and will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and retreats across the network as well as exchange visits across labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary training and collaborative working.

Applicants should have a PhD (or submitted at time of appointment) together with a strong academic track record, in a relevant area (e.g., Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Medicine, Genetics, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine). Programming skills are highly desirable and experience with brain imaging, EEG, computational modeling preferable. Above all, they will demonstrate enthusiasm to contribute new knowledge, openness to learn new approaches and willingness to contribute to a multidisciplinary team across sectors (academia, industry).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance with potential for extension up to 4 years.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Zoe Kourtzi at [email protected]

Closing Date: Sunday 4th June at 12 Midnight

Interviews: TBC

Please quote reference PJ36589 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information
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  • Department/Location

    Department of Psychology, Cambridge City Centre








    5 May 2023

    Closing date

    4 June 2023

    Job details


    Research Associate in Integrative Neuroimaging (Fixed Term)


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    May 24, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 04, 2023

    Job type



    Biology,Computer Science,Medicine,Psychology

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