Research Fellow – Institute of Ophthalmology

About us

The post of Research Fellow is in the Cortical Processing Laboratory at University College London (UCL), a leading neuroscience laboratory led by Profs. Matteo Carandini and Kenneth Harris.

The post offers an exciting opportunity for research at the interface of computational and experimental neuroscience, in a project that seeks to reveal how neural activity is structured in brainwide patterns to support diverse behaviours in mice.

About the role

The successful applicant will join a team of scientists working on establishing the cortical circuits of vision, or the neural basis of audiovisual integration, or the state dependence of brain activity. They are expected to lead a vigorous research program in the context of the team, devoting efforts both to their own research and to the broader goals and needs of the team. They will study the activity of large populations of neurons in the mouse brain using a variety of techniques including Neuropixels recordings and optogenetics and applying a variety of analysis methods. They will take a leading role in all aspects of the projects, from designing and performing experiments, to data analysis, to the presentation and dissemination of the results.

This post is available from 01 January 2024 until 31 December 2025 in the first instance.

The salary offered for this post will be between £39,508 – £46,131 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance depending on experience.

About you

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent in neuroscience, engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, or a similar field, and an ability to work in a diverse group including computational and experimental neurobiologists. An essential requirement is experience with analyzing large data sets in Python (or possibly Matlab). Experience with in vivo electrophysiology or imaging and behavioural training is desirable. Desirable requirements include experience in writing scientific manuscripts, which is typically evidenced by a record of publications.

What we offer

Working with some of the greatest intellects in the world, UCL also offers a generous pension scheme and holiday allowance, plus closure and bank holidays as well as enhanced parental pay and more. Visit to find out more.

Application Process

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above or go to the UCL job page and search on Reference Number B02-05247.

Please ensure you attach your CV and provide a personal statement outlining how you meet the criteria to support your application.

Our commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within UCL at this level.

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