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Department of Psychology

 

University Lecturer

The Department of Psychology invites applications for an Established University Lectureship to be taken up from 1 October 2020, or as soon as possible thereafter.

The successful applicant will have expertise in human memory and cognition from a cognitive neuroscience and/or computational perspective. Interdisciplinary and collaborative research is strongly encouraged across the university and its associated institutes. Candidates should have a strong record of research funding. Candidates must also demonstrate a firm commitment to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels within the Department.

Applicants must have a PhD degree in a relevant subject and strong evidence of research excellence. Appointment will be to the retiring age, subject to a probationary period of five years. The post is based in central Cambridge

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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 the Head of Department, Professor Mark Johnson (mj492@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 16 February 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 PJ22092 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 (Fixed Term) in Cognitive Computational Neuroimaging

A post-doctoral Research Associate or Assistant position in Cognitive Computational Neuroimaging is available to work with Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Univ of Cambridge, UK (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk).

The position will focus on advanced ultra high-field neuroimaging (e.g. 7T brain imaging) in combination with computational modelling (Bayesian modelling, reinforcement learning, machine learning), interventional methods (neuropharmacology, TMS, TDCs) and cognitive genetics.

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 (MRI, MRS, EEG, MEG, TMS, TDCs) cognitive genetics, and state-of-the-art computational methods (Bayesian modelling, reinforcement learning, machine learning). We apply these techniques to study the young and ageing brain and understand adaptive behaviours in health and neurocognitive disorders.

The successful applicant 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, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Genetics, 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 4 February 2020 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21909 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.

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

A post-doctoral Research Associate or Assistant position in Machine Learning for Precision Mental Health is available to work with Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Univ 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.

The position 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 applicant will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface between machine learning, neuroscience, and clinical translation and will work in collaboration with The Centre for Mathematical Imaging in Healthcare, and the Alan Turing Institute, the UK's national Institute for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science.

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

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) or Prof Carola Schönlieb (cbs31@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 4 February 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21907 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

A Research Associate or Assistant position in Ultra-High Field Neuroimaging is available to work at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Univ of Cambridge, UK (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) in collaboration with the 7T MRI Physics team at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) in Cambridge.

The successful applicant will gain experience developing novel methods for ultra high-field 7T imaging in close collaboration with Chris Rodgers and Guy Williams. They will play a key role in enabling new developments in Ultra-high field neuroimaging at the interface between two research groups (7T MRI group, Adaptive Brain Lab). They will also help the 7T MRI Physics group develop protocols and data analysis pipelines relevant to other users of the facility. Key interests for 7T MRI in Cambridge include cognitive neuroscience, and clinical applications in dementia, stroke, head injury, and neurodevelopment. Particular applications of 7T MRI in Cambridge so far include layer-resolved functional imaging, high-resolution structural imaging and neurotransmitter spectroscopy. For example, we are interested in developing more advanced methods for spectroscopic imaging in the brain; or using the 7T Terra's excellent parallel transmit capabilities to study deep brain structures, and their functional connectivity to the cortex; or in improving methods for imaging patients who are prone to motion; or other innovative method-development projects.

We have a wealth of equipment available for 7T MRI research in Cambridge. Our Siemens 7T Terra MRI scanner was installed in 2016. It runs the latest VE12U software, including the new single-host parallel transmit concept, which we are actively using for volunteer studies. We have 1H coils for scanning the brain (1Tx 32-channel Rx Nova and 8Tx 32Rx Nova) and knee, and eight different multinuclear coils for brain and body studies. We are embedded within Addenbrooke's Hospital, directly adjacent to neuro-critical-care, giving outstanding access to relevant patient cohorts. We have close collaborative links with the other UK 7T sites in Oxford, Nottingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and London.

Applicants should have a PhD or Masters and/or First Degree together with a strong academic track record in a relevant area (e.g., physics, chemistry, or engineering, or in another subject that provides a solid grounding in MR physics). Experience with pulse sequence programming, experience with high-field neuroimaging and a working knowledge of MRI/MRS physics are preferable. You must be able to pass the safety screening to work in the 7T MRI scanner environment. Prior programming experience is highly desirable and willingness to learn computer programming in C++, Matlab and Python is essential.

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

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

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

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) or Dr Chris Rodgers (ctr28@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 27 January 2020. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21899 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.

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Deputy Departmental Administrator (Academic Services)

The Department of Psychology is one of the world's leading departments with an exceptional record of research and teaching in all areas of psychology. We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic person to join the Department to contribute to the leadership of the administrative and technical teams of the department through serving as Deputy to the Departmental Administrator. In addition, the successful candidate will be responsible for the day to day co-ordination, management and delivery of all processes and functions related to undergraduate and graduate teaching, assisted by an administrative team, ensuring compliance with University policies and procedures. The post holder will be a key source of advice relating to the policies and procedures with respect to undergraduate and graduate issues in the Department.

The role holder reports to the Head of Departmental Administration and works closely with the Deputy Head of Department (Teaching), the Directors of Undergraduates Studies and the Director of Graduate Studies to provide strategic advice. Experience working in an academic or educational setting and management experience is highly desirable. The post holder must have excellent interpersonal and communication skills, the ability to liaise between academics and administrators, and to prioritise many competing demands. The post holder will need to be able to work on their own initiative and as part of a team.

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Informal enquiries regarding this post may be sent Dr Jeanne Estabel (je353@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 18 December 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21694 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.

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Project Coordinator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a part- time (50%) Administrator/Project Coordinator to support Professor Mark Johnson, Head of Psychology. The post-holder has primary responsibility for coordinating an MRC-funded project in which we follow behaviour and brain functions in infants from the third trimester prenatal through to early infancy. Duties will include overseeing participant recruitment, liaising with parents, scheduling and coordinating visits, and managing the database. In addition to these duties, the post holder will have opportunities to participate in data collection if desired.

This is a wide-ranging position, which would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a diverse team and able to perform effectively under multiple demands. Applicants should be educated to first degree level and have experience of project planning/organising, ideally within a scientific research setting. Excellent organisational skills, ability to work independently and the ability to prioritise tasks effectively are essential, as is meticulous attention to detail. Applicants are expected to demonstrate a proven ability to summarise information and act as primary contact for the project.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a health assessment.

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

Informal enquiries about this position may be made to Professor Mark Johnson (mj492@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 5 January 2020 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21673 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.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term) in Cognitive Neuroscience

The Department of Psychology is seeking a post-doctoral cognitive neuroscientist to work on a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. They should hold a PhD in cognitive neuroscience or a related field or close to examination of their PhD thesis. The role holder will work alongside Professor TW Robbins on the theme of Impulsive-compulsive disorders and fronto-striatal systems. This project seeks to define the neural basses of compulsive behaviour, using a range of cognitive neuroscience methods and focusing on patients with obsessive-compulsive behaviour disorder (OCD).

The successful candidate should be knowledgeable and have practical experience in more than one of the following areas: neuroimaging (fMRI, MRS, resting state connectivity); EEG measurement, cognitive neuropsychology; computational modelling; human patient studies, especially OCD. They would also be experienced in statistical analysis of data and ideally would have some knowledge of MATLAB or appropriate software packages, along with programming capability.

The successful candidate will be responsible for testing OCD patients and healthy volunteers and analysing subsequent data.

As part of the research team the successful candidate would be expected to collaborate with several PhD and other students associated with this project.

The role is based within the Department of Psychology and also at the Cambridge Biomedical Campus with some testing taking part in a clinical environment at Welwyn Garden City.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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Informal enquiries about the project may be made to Professor Trevor Robbins (twr2@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 24 November 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21411 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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ESRC DTP Knowledge Exchange Studentship: Identifying Factors Underlying Resilience to Age-Related Cognitive Decline

Applications are invited for a University of Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership PhD studentship, in collaboration with Aviva, starting in October 2020 at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will conduct research under the supervision of Prof Jon Simons in the Cambridge Memory Laboratory (http://www.memlab.psychol.cam.ac.uk). The project will investigate whether lifestyle activities undertaken in middle age might predict resilience to age-related cognitive decline. 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 and structural neuroimaging (fMRI/sMRI), electrophysiology (EEG/MEG), and brain stimulation (TMS/tDCS). Students will be provided with extensive training in research methods and techniques, and will be a member of the Cambridge Graduate 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, neuroscience or in another related subject (e.g., engineering, computer science, Mathematics, philosophy) and meet the University of Cambridge entrance requirements - see: http://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/entry-requirements

All applicants must meet the ESRC funding eligibility requirements outlined at: https://esrc.ukri.org/skills-and-careers/doctoral-training/prospective-students/

UK and EU students who meet the UK residency requirements will be eligible for a full studentship, which includes University and College fees as well as an annual stipend at UK Research Council rates (TBC). Students from EU countries who do not meet the residency requirements may still be eligible for a fees-only award.

Candidates from Overseas are not eligible for this studentship and should not apply.

To apply please:

Complete the University GRADSAF application form by 3 December 2019. The course code is BLPC22 (PhD in Psychology).

https://www.graduate.study.cam.ac.uk/how-do-i-apply

With your GRADSAF 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, and briefly detailing a possible experiment design that addresses the primary research question specified above. (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 (graduateoffice@psychol.cam.ac.uk) when you have made an application. Please add 'ESRC Knowledge Exchange Studentship' to the subject line of your email.

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

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

Please note the closing date for applications is 3 December 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21383 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Two research associate positions (or research assistants if close to submission of thesis) are available to work in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. One position is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, awarded to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox, which aims to identify robust biomarkers of age-dependent brain and cognitive function from birth onwards in relation to early exposure to poverty. Building on this initial phase the fellowship will extend to develop, conduct and assess the efficacy of a positive parenting intervention with families during pregnancy through to 6 months of life. The other position is funded by an MRC programme grant to Professor Mark Johnson, and will focus on the effects on brain function of birth, by tracing individual differences in behavior from the 3rd trimester fetus to the first few months of postnatal life. The two research associates (or assistants) will work synergistically as part of a team.

This posts are focused on (i) the optimisation of a fNIRS neuroimaging toolkit for home-friendly environments, (ii) the design, recruitment and conduct of a longitudinal prospective behavioural and functional neuroimaging study, (iii) integration of postnatal measures with prenatal ultrasound, and (iii) data analysis and preparation of results for publication.

The successful candidates should have a PhD (or be close to submission) in developmental cognitive neuroscience or a related field. Experience of testing infant participants is essential, experience of fNIRS and/or EEG is also essential, and familiarity with MATLAB, R or comparable software packages and home/community based research is desirable.

Applications will be considered for candidates who are close to submitting their thesis by the start date of the positions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2021 in the first instance, with a possibility of extension for additional years.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox (sl868@cam.ac.uk) or Professor Mark Johnson (mj492@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 10 November 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21007 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.

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Research Associate (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate post at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, to work on the project 'UNDER-STANDING: neurobiological basis of combinatorial processing across languages' under the supervision of Dr Mirjana Bozic.

The post requires an organised and proactive individual with good communication skills and ability to work independently, who will lead data acquisition and analyses on a new neuroimaging project. The role will entail identifying and recruiting suitable participants, acting as first point of contact for all study-related queries, fMRI data acquisition, data analyses using SPM or related software packages, and preparing results for publications and presentations.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant subject. Experience in programming and fMRI data analysis using SPM (or related software) is essential. Knowledge and experience with multivariate data analyses is also highly desirable. Excellent oral and written communication skills, good inter-personal skills, exceptional attention to detail, and ability to build rapport with study participants are also required. Knowledge of confidentiality, data protection, and GDPR is desirable.

The post is available from January 2020.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Mirjana Bozic (mb383@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 3 November 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20949 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.

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