Two postdoctoral positions
The Cortical Processing Laboratory is seeking two highly motivated postdoctoral researchers to work at the interface of computational and experimental neuroscience. The successful applicants will work under the supervision of Profs. Matteo Carandini and Kenneth Harris and study the activity of large populations of neurons in the brain of behaving mice. They will be expected to take a leading role in all aspects of the project, from designing and performing experiments, to data analysis, to the presentation of the results.
Our group investigates the circuits and computations that lead from vision to recognition, decision, action, and navigation. We rely on a multidisciplinary approach including advanced computational methods, massively parallel neuronal recordings, optogenetics, imaging (widefield, two-photon, and ultrasound), and sensory-driven behavior in virtual environments.
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. Experience with in vivo electrophysiology, imaging, surgery, and behavioral training is desirable, but outstanding candidates who are willing to learn these skills are also invited to apply. Essential requirements are also experience with analyzing data in MATLAB (or possibly Python), and experience of writing scientific manuscripts as evidenced by a solid record of publications.
The positions are funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust and are supported for two years in the first instance. For informal enquiries about the post contact Matteo Carandini. To apply, please go to the advert on the UCL jobs website and follow the instructions there. The application will require a CV with list of publications, and a personal statement. Deadline for applications is 19 August 2017.
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.
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.