We welcome enquiries about joining our laboratory for research positions. However, please keep in mind that we have stringent limitations of space and funding. Also, we generally respond only to applications that explain the specific interest in our research; we rarely respond to "canned applications" that could be sent to any laboratory.
Technical manager for the International Brain Laboratory
The International Brain Laboratory (IBL) is seeking a Technical Manager. The Technical Manager will be responsible for ensuring reproducibility of experiments across labs by (1) helping to establish and maintain a common set of experimental setups for mouse behavior and neural recordings; (2) establishing procedures for standardizing, monitoring and troubleshooting experimental conditions, including animal subjects, surgical procedures, apparatus, etc; (3) assess and improve reproducibility across experimental rigs and labs; and (4) coordinating with the data management team to ensure reliable and efficient sharing and pooling of data from different labs. The ideal candidate would have a PhD in neuroscience and very strong technical and experimental skills. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are required. Prior experience in laboratory or project management is desirable but not essential. Because this is a distributed collaboration, the position will involve extensive travel between 10 experimental laboratories in 6 institutions across the U.S. and Europe. Key project sites include London, Lisbon, New York City, Cold Spring Harbor, Princeton, San Francisco, and Janelia Research Campus. For more information and to apply, please click here. The deadline is 12 May 2018. For informal inquiries please contact Melita Leousi, IBL Program Manager.
Two postdocs for the International Brain Laboratory
The International Brain Laboratory (IBL) is seeking two highly motivated postdoctoral Research Associates to work under the joint supervision of Michael Häusser and Matteo Carandini at University College London. The IBL aims to establish the neural basis of decision-making. To this end, the IBL will develop a standardized mouse decision-making behavior, make coordinated measurements of neural activity across the mouse brain, and use theory and analysis to uncover the underlying neural computations.
The Research Associates will help define and standardize the behavioral task, refine the training of mice, measure behavioral performance, and record the activity of large populations of neurons during behavior using Neuropixels probes and two-photon imaging. The successful candidates will be able to collaborate with all members of the IBL located in 21 labs across 5 countries. (For more information about the advantages of postdoctoral research at IBL, see www.internationalbrainlab.com/postdocs/.)
The positions are funded for two years in the first instance.
Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in neuroscience, engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or a similar field, and an ability to work in a diverse group including computational and experimental neurobiologists. Extensive experience with in vivo electrophysiology, imaging, surgery, and behavioral training is highly desirable. Essential requirements are experience with analyzing data in MATLAB (or Python), and experience of writing scientific manuscripts as evidenced by a solid record of publications.
Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click here. The deadline is 18 April 2018.
Our research involves combinations of multiple approaches, so we are open to people with a variety of backgrounds. It helps to have a grounding in quantitative matters (e.g. math, engineering, computer science, physics) and/or proven experience in experimental techniques such as behavior, viral/transgenic approaches, two-photon imaging, electrophysiology. Essential criteria are ability to analyze data in Matlab or Python, and excellent productivity (which is usually demonstrated by publications).
PhD students join the lab by enrolling in one of UCL's 4-year PhD programs in neuroscience and related subjects. These include:
- Neuroscience programme
- Sainsbury-Wellcome Centre PhD programme.
- Gatsby computational programme.
Please follow those links if you are interested in applying. If you are selected for interview, we can arrange for visits to our laboratory and discuss possible rotations.
Lab rotations and internships
We try our best to accommodate UCL students from PhD programs, and if we can we also consider UCL students from MRes programs or undergraduates. Due to space limitations, however, we are unlikely to be able to accept rotation or internship students from outside UCL.