Research Assistant/Associate Object Recognition - University of Cambridge

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Closing Date
30 Jun 2019
£26,243 to £39,609
Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge
Fixed term for 2 years in the first instance

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cognitive Neuroscience (Full-time/0.8 FTE) to work on a project investigating object recognition in different environments.

The person appointed will work on the project, led by Dr Alex Clarke, that will combine different neuroimaging techniques (fMRI, MEG, EEG) with computational models to determine how expectations generated by our environments change the dynamics of object recognition. The person appointed will be responsible for developing, collecting and analysing neuroimaging data across modalities, writing up the work for publication and presentations, as well as assisting the PI in administrative duties. The role will also involve training and other career development activities, as deemed appropriate.

Applicants should have a PhD in Psychology, Neuroscience, Computer Science or relevant discipline (Research Associate) or are in the process of submitting their thesis (Research Assistant). Previous experience in Neuroimaging (fMRI, MEG, EEG) study design, data collection and analysis are essential, and experience with multiple methods is desirable. Knowledge in object recognition, semantic memory or spatial navigation is desirable, as is an interest in multivariate data analysis methods. Candidates should be proficient in computer programming (e.g. using Matlab or Python), and evidence of using advanced data analysis skills is desirable. Experience with virtual/augmented reality applications is also desirable. It is essential that the post holder is self-motivated and able to work independently, as well as part of a team. They must have excellent organisational, leadership and communication skills.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

Informal inquiries about this post may be Dr Alex Clarke (

Please note the closing date for applications is 30 June 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered. 

Please quote reference PJ19262 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Dr Alex Clarke: