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Research Assistant/Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Two post-doctoral Research Associate or Assistant positions in Cognitive Computational Neuroimaging are available to work with Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Univ of Cambridge, UK (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk). The positions will focus on advanced ultra high-field neuroimaging (e.g. 7T brain imaging: laminar fMRI, MR Spectroscopy) in combination with computational modelling (Bayesian modelling, reinforcement learning, machine learning), human electrophysiology (EEG) and interventional methods (neuropharmacology, TMS, TDCs).

Research in the lab aims to understand how humans of all ages (healthy and patients with neurocognitive disorders) translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours by taking into account previous experience and learning. We address this challenge using an interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural paradigms, multimodal brain imaging and state-of-the-art computational methods. We apply these techniques to study the young and ageing brain and understand adaptive behaviours in health and neurocognitive disorders. Further, we develop predictive models of mental health disorders (e.g. dementia, depression) by implementing state-of-the-art machine learning approaches for mining large-scale cohort data. We build models of individualized disease trajectories with translational impact in the early diagnosis and design of personalized interventions in healthy ageing and mental health disorders.

The successful applicants will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface between cognitive neuroimaging, computational modelling, and clinical translation.

Applicants should have a PhD, Masters and/or First Degree, or equivalent experience, together with a strong academic track record, in a relevant area (e.g., Neuroscience, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine). Programming skills are highly desirable and experience with brain imaging preferable.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 29th November 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ24560 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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PhD Studentship: Medial prefrontal cortex brain networks implicated in hallucinations

Applications are invited for a 3 year PhD studentship starting in October 2021 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, funded jointly by the Rosetrees Trust and Mental Health Research UK.

The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Professor Jon Simons in the Cambridge Memory Laboratory (http://www.memlab.psychol.cam.ac.uk). The project will investigate the neurocognitive basis of hallucinations, a hallmark symptom of schizophrenia, in which people experience auditory or visual stimuli that are not real. Such phenomena may reflect difficulty discriminating information perceived in the external world from information that is imagined. Previous structural and functional neuroimaging work in the laboratory has linked this discrimination difficulty with the medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC). Building on these findings, this PhD project will investigate mPFC brain network variations in healthy volunteers and in people with schizophrenia.

PhD students will have the opportunity to gain experience in a range of interdisciplinary cognitive neuroscience methods used in the Memory Laboratory including behavioural studies and computational modelling, functional neuroimaging (fMRI), electrophysiology (EEG/MEG), and brain stimulation (TMS/tDCS). Students will be provided with an extensive training in research methods and techniques, and will be a member of the Cambridge Postgraduate Programme in Cognitive and Brain Sciences which includes regular theoretical seminars and courses.

Eligibility and Funding:

Candidates should have a first or upper second class degree in psychology or neuroscience and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see: https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/entry-requirements

The studentship will cover a stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£15,285 per annum as at 2020/21), research costs and tuition fees at the UK (Home) rate. All UK citizens or international students who meet the UK residency requirements can apply.

Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Professor Jon Simons (jss30@cam.ac.uk).

Application process:

To apply please:

Complete your application online using the Applicant Portal by 3 December 2020. The course code is BLPC22 (PhD in Psychology).

https://www.postgraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/application-process/how-do-i-apply

With your application you will be required to submit (i) a draft research proposal outlining your suitability, why you are interested in pursuing a PhD in this area, your background and research interests. (ii) your CV stating your citizenship and years of residence in the UK (iii) copies of your academic transcripts (iv) details of two academic referees.

Please inform Mrs Dawn Ellis (pgadmin@psychol.cam.ac.uk) when you have made an application, please add 'Rosetrees/MHRUK Studentship' to the subject line of your e-mail.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview within two weeks from the application deadline.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality and opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ24544 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Accounts Assistant (Part Time, Fixed Term)

The Department of Psychology is seeking an enthusiastic part-time (18.25 hours per week preferably over five days) Accounts Assistant to provide clerical support for the financial activities of the Department with particular responsibility for purchase invoices, sales invoices, expense claims and answering general queries. The role also covers the Department's main reception from time to time.

The ideal candidate will be educated to 'A' level standard or with a number of years of accounts based experience and have the ability to maintain a high level of accuracy whilst working to tight deadlines in a busy environment/under pressure. The successful candidate will also have a good level of communication and computer skills.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Chunenam Tsang accounts@psychol.cam.ac.uk

Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 15th November 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ24463 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Research Grants Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the Department of Psychology as a Research Grant Administrator. The Department holds around 90 active research grants which generate an annual income of over £5m per annum.

The post holder will be participating in the provision of a comprehensive and efficient research management service to the Department through every stage of the grant process to ensure effective administration of all research funding activity.

The ideal candidate will be the first point of contact for research grant related queries. For this purpose, the post holder is expected to develop a close working relationship with researchers and with the Research Operations Office to ensure smooth management of all processes, and compliance with necessary regulations. The post holder will work very closely with the departmental finance team and the HR Coordinator and will be line managed by the Research Grants Coordinator, to allow constant communication between key administrative contacts. The ideal candidate will already have administrative experience in a similar role/financial environment. This is a varied post which requires excellent organisational skills and attention to detail, alongside the ability to prioritise and to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required, as well as a proactive approach to problem solving.

The candidate will be educated to 'A' level standard, to include GCSE English language and mathematics/NVQ level 3 or have an equivalent level of practical experience. Good IT skills, including Word, Excel and emails are a requirement. Use of bespoke financial, grant or reporting systems is desirable. Previous experience in a demanding environment is essential.

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

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Petra Georgoulis Hluzova grants@psychol.cam.ac.uk

Please note the closing date for applications is Sunday 25th October 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ24162 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Research Assistant/Associate X2 (Fixed Term) in Machine Learning for Precision Mental Health

2 x post-doctoral Research Associate or Assistant positions in Machine Learning for Precision Mental Health are available to work with Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab, University of Cambridge, UK (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) and Prof Carola Schönlieb at the Cambridge Image Analysis Group, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge, UK.

The positions will focus on the development and implementation of state-of-the-art machine learning approaches and image analysis techniques for early diagnosis of mental health disorders (e.g. dementia, mood-related disorders). The research will involve mining biological (brain imaging, genetic) and cognitive data from large-scale cohort studies with advanced machine learning methods to determine markers for early disease diagnosis. The aim of the research is to develop biologically-inspired artificial systems for precision mental health by bringing together expertise in machine learning, data science, neuroscience, and clinical practice.

The successful applicants will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface between machine learning, and clinical neurology and will work in collaboration with The Cambridge Centre for Mathematical Imaging in Healthcare, and the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science and AstraZeneca's Data Science and Neuroscience teams.

Applicants should have a PhD (for Research Associate) or Masters and/or First Degree (for Research Assistant), together with a strong academic track record, in a relevant area (e.g., Mathematics, Computer Science, Engineering, Biostatistics, Neuroscience, Medicine). Programming skills are highly desirable and experience with machine learning, data science, biostatistics, or clinical neuroscience/neurology are highly beneficial. Above all, they will demonstrate enthusiasm to contribute new knowledge, openness to learn new approaches and willingness to contribute to a multidisciplinary team across sectors (academia, industry).

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available for 1 year in the first instance, with potential for extension (up to 4 years) dependent on funding.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Prof Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk), Prof Carola Schönlieb (cbs31@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 1 October 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ23944 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

A Wellcome Trust funded postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr Paul Bays at the University of Cambridge, Dept of Psychology to work on a collaborative project with Prof Mate Lengyel in the Dept of Engineering. The successful candidate will work on a research project investigating the computational and neural principles by which visual information is encoded and maintained in working memory.

The research will involve modelling and numerical simulation of cognitive and neural processes underlying behavioural measures of visual perception, attention and memory. The researcher will design, conduct and analyze research on this project in consultation with Dr Bays and Prof Lengyel, and write and communicate results as scientific papers and in scientific presentations at national and international conferences.

Applicants should have a PhD in neuroscience, vision science, or any other relevant subject, with a strong analytical and mathematical background, and experience of modelling behavioural and/or neural data. Applicants will need to demonstrate a record of research productivity and the ability to work creatively and independently.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact Dr Paul Bays (pmb20@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 13 September 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ23895 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Categories: Jobs and Studentships