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.
Research Assistant (Deadline: 6 April 2019)
We are looking for a Research Assistant. The post holder will be in charge of a variety of lab techniques. This includes acquiring daily behavioural measurements of perceptual decisions in mice; molecular methods for large-scale analysis of gene expression in brain tissue; and designing and building lab equipment and software. The post holder will not only apply the methods currently used in the laboratory, but also work creatively to improve their efficacy and expand their reach. The post holder will also assist the Laboratory Manager and other members of the group performing a variety of experiments such as immunohistochemistry, development of hardware/software for experimental controls and prepare and analyse data for publications and presentations. The successful applicant will hold a BSc or equivalent qualification in a relevant discipline (Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Physiology, Medicine, Physics, Engineering, or a related field), and must have laboratory experience. An ability to learn new procedures and techniques and perform them precisely is essential. Ability to organise own work without extensive supervision and to interact successfully with others and to learn new skills is essential. Experience working with RNA would be desirable, as would Computer programming ability (MATLAB, Python, C++), a Home Office Personal Licence, experience with rodent behaviour, or lab techniques such as immunocytochemistry. Please click here for more details and for instructions on how to apply. Deadline for applications is 6 April 2019.
We are proud of having mentored a number of talented postdoctoral researchers, and we strive to build a collegial, long-lasting relationship that continues beyond their stay in our laboratory. When we have postdoctoral positions open, we advertise them on this page. Even when we don't have them, however, we welcome spontaneous enquiries, and we respond to all of those that are clearly addressed to our specific lab (as opposed to a mass mailing).
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).
We regret that we cannot accept PhD students in our laboratory unless they are enrolled in one of UCL's PhD programs. UCL has a number of 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 or MSc programs or undergraduates. Due to space limitations, however, we are unlikely to be able to accept rotation or internship students from outside UCL.