Research Group Leader at the Interface of Machine Learning and Neuroscience (UCL)

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Closing Date
30 Jun 2020
Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit & Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, London
Full time, permanent contract

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 8-9. The salary range will be Competitive and negotiable according to relevant knowledge, experience and achievement, inclusive of London Allowance.

GCNU & SWC seek to recruit an outstanding scientist with an interdisciplinary background working at the interface of machine learning and neuroscience or related areas.

We are looking for someone who will conduct creative and innovative research to deliver breakthroughs at the interface of the 2 fields that contribute to an algorithmic understanding of perception, action or learning. The successful applicant will have exciting research plans, and be keen to participate in collaborative and cooperative science.

The Research Group Leader will receive generous core funding, including salary and stipend support for research staff and students.  Extensive high-performance computational resources are available in-house, with funds available for expansion if needed.  If desired, support for experimental work will also be available, including equipment and customised laboratory space, supported by state-of-the-art facilities such as prototyping and fabrication, imaging, virology and histology platforms.

Teaching is limited to research-level postgraduate courses, with the opportunity to design components of the taught programme.

Salaries will be competitive and offered as appropriate to experience and achievement The role will be funded for six years in the first instance.

Applicants can come from all independent career stages They need to have a PhD in neuroscience, machine learning or a related field and postdoctoral research experience at the time of application. They will be expected to have a detailed knowledge and understanding of the literature in their research fields, be proficient in its application and have a ready ability to acquire and absorb new information, methods and techniques. The ability to build strong collaborative working relationships and an understanding of the mission and research environment of GCNU and SWC is essential.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click here. 

Please complete the short online application form and upload your CV and a statement of your personal research interests, accomplishments and plans .

This is an open-ended advertisement but all applications received before 30 November 2019 will be reviewed together.  If the position remains unfilled following this review, further rounds of application will be considered.

Further Information

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23.59.

Interview Date: TBC

Contact Details

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

Any other queries relating to the vacancy or how to apply should be directed to Mike Sainsbury ( ) +444 (0)20 3108 8102.