Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit


GCNU-SWC postdoctoral fellowship

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The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (GCNU) and Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (SWC) have designed a unique fellowship opportunity for innovative and creative researchers seeking to build independence working at the interface of theory and experimental neuroscience. GCNU-SWC postdoctoral fellows will design, develop and delivering a research project that bridges the gap between computational theoretical and experimental neuroscience.

Fellows will have two mentors, one from the Gatsby Unit and one from SWC, who will support the delivery of the project and provide computational resources and laboratory space.  Financial support will be provided for research costs and consumables, and there will also be a travel budget for conference attendance.   

As a GCNU-SWC postdoctoral fellow you will be responsible for the design, delivery and implementation of, and the dissemination of findings from, your proposed research project. Your project will be interdisciplinary and bridge computational theoretical and experimental neuroscience in its scope and aims. Your research will be highly collaborative, and you will work closely with your two mentors, as well as build effective working relationships within GCNU and SWC communities as well as the wider UCL scientific community.

This role is funded for three years in the first instance, subject to annual review, with the possibility of a further two years’ of funding pending successful review of the project and its progress.  There is also the possibility that more than one Fellow will be appointed during a recruitment round.

Candidates are strongly encouraged to contact potential mentors prior to submitting an application. 

Where you'll work

The Gatsby Unit is a world-leading centre for theoretical neuroscience and machine learning.  It has significant interests across a range of areas in theoretical neuroscience, including the interpretation of neural data, population coding, perceptual processing, neural dynamics, neuromodulation, and learning; as well as in machine learning and artificial intelligence. There are strong links to experimental neuroscience and cognitive science groups within SWC, as well as elsewhere in UCL, and at institutions around the world.  

SWC commenced research operations in Spring 2016 bringing together world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits process information to generate perception, form memories and guide behaviour. Developed through the vision and partnership of the Gatsby Charitable Foundation and Wellcome Trust, and with substantial investment from these partners, the mission of SWC is to generate and test experimentally tractable theories of brain function.

Who we're looking for

You will have an innovative research proposal that bridges computational/theoretical and systems/circuit/experimental neuroscience and experience planning and delivering your own projects.  You’ll have a PhD in neuroscience or a related field and a strong background in contemporary systems neuroscience methods and computational neuroscience theory.  The ability to build strong collaborative working relationships, and an understanding of the mission and research environment of the Gatsby Unit and SWC are essential.