Postdoctoral Research Assistant/Associate in Affective Neuroscience

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
28 Jan 2022
£27,116 - £40,927
Innes Building Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
4 years
The Roberts lab is a behavioural neuroscience lab that investigates the prefrontal control of negative and positive emotion with an aim to understand the multi-determined nature of anxiety and depression. We use a wide range of neurobiological techniques including neuroimaging, chemogenetics, wireless recordings of cardiovascular activity, pharmacology and sophisticated cognitive testing in non-human primates. We are looking for an intellectually curious, passionate and highly motivated postdoc to join a collaborative, like minded group of researchers working on a project recently funded by the MRC. The aim of this project is to provide psychological, pharmacological and developmental insights into prefrontal circuits underlying the regulation of threat reactivity and negative biases in the common marmoset. This research hopes to provide much needed insight into both the cortical networks that produce anxiety when dysregulated, but additionally, the neural substrates that underlie effective anxiolytic treatments. The ideal post-holder will be a behavioural/cognitive neuroscientist with computational modelling expertise and data-analysis skills. The 4-year post is based at purpose-built facilities within the University of Cambridge. Applicants should either have, or will shortly be awarded a PhD in behavioural neuroscience or related disciplines. Prior work with computational modelling and experimental animal work is highly desirable.

Further Information

To apply to this post go to: You will need to submit a CV and motivation letter detailing why you want to be part of this project and how this post will be a good stepping-stone for your career. We also need the contact details for two people who can provide a professional reference. The application deadline is 28th January 2022. Interviews around the first 2 weeks of February.

Contact Details

Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Professor Angela Roberts: