Research Fellow in Neuroscience (UCL)

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
6 Jan 2020
Competitive salary dependent on skills and experience
Funded for 3 years with possibiility of a further 2 years

Duties and Responsibilities

The Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (GCNU) 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. 

The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre (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, and with substantial investment from these partners, the mission of the SWC is to generate and test experimentally tractable theories of brain function.

The Gatsby Unit and SWC have designed a unique Fellowship opportunity for innovative and creative researchers working at the interface of theory and experimental neuroscience, and who are seeking to build independence.  The GCNU/SWC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Neuroscience will design, develop and deliver a research project that bridges the gap between computational, theoretical and experimental neuroscience.

The post is funded for 3 years in the first instance, with the possibility of a further 2 years funding pending successful review of progress. 

Key Requirements

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 GCNU and SWC is essential.

For more information and to apply, please click here. 

Please be sure to attach to your online application a copy of: 

1. Your current CV

2. A research statement (maximum one and a half pages) with details of your past research achievements

3. A high-level abstract (half a page long) about your proposed research, including potential mentors from the Gatsby Unit and SWC

Further Information

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59

Interview date: TBC

Our department is working towards an Athena SWAN award. We are committed to advancing gender equality within our department.

Contact Details

For a confidential discussion regarding the role, please contact Tom Mrsic-Flogel ( or Maneesh Sahani (

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy or application process, please contact Mike Sainsbury (