Research Fellow (UCL): 7T MRI

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
11 Nov 2019
£35,965 - £40,062 per annum
The post is available from January 2020 and is funded for two years in the first instance

Duties and Responsibilities

A position is available in the Maguire Memory Lab at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging under the supervision of Professor Eleanor Maguire.  The Centre conducts cutting-edge brain research using two 3T Siemens Prisma MRI scanners, a 7T Siemens Terra MRI scanner, a SQUID magnetoencephalography (MEG) system, a dedicated optically-pumped MEG (OP-MEG) scanning suite, and neuropsychological testing facilities.  

The Centre’s new 7T MRI scanner is up-and-running, and we seek a highly motivated individual to join us in exploiting the exciting opportunities afforded by 7T to study the neural substrates of autobiographical memory. The successful candidate will conduct fMRI experiments probing, for example, ventromedial prefrontal cortex laminar responses and hippocampal subfield contributions to autobiographical memory. One significant focus will be on how these two brain areas interact to help produce our seamless re-experiencing of the past. Experiments involving virtual reality environments and patients with memory impairments, including those with selective bilateral hippocampal damage, will also be conducted.   

The post is available from January 2020 and is funded for two years in the first instance from a Wellcome Principal Research Fellowship awarded to Eleanor Maguire.  

Key Requirements

Applicants must have, or be close to obtaining, a PhD in Neuroscience/Psychology/Neuroimaging or a related discipline.  Experience of conducting cognitive experiments using 7T fMRI is essential, as are strong programming skills (e.g. in Matlab) and the ability to perform high level analyses on 7T fMRI data.  Experience of analyzing 7T fMRI laminar responses, of segmenting hippocampal subfields, and an interest in/experience of studying memory are highly desirable. 

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent upon having been awarded a PhD; if this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £31,479 - £33,194 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis. If the PhD has not yet been granted, the final accepted version of the thesis must have been submitted to the degree-granting university by the start date in post.  

For more information and to apply, please click here. 

Further Information

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

Contact Details

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email:

Informal scientific inquiries can be directed to Eleanor Maguire (email: