Applications are invited for a Research Associate in the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, UCL Institute of Neurology. The successful applicant will work in Dr Alexander Kraskov's lab investigating cortical and subcortical mechanisms of movement generation and inhibition in non-human primates.
The appointee will perform electrophysiological recordings of single neurons, including identified pyramidal tract neurons, and local field potentials in cortical and subcortical motor structures of purpose bred non-human primates trained to perform and observe skilled motor tasks. The main objectives would be to investigate properties of mirror neurons in cortical and subcortical structures and to establish in the lab new recording techniques with multiple contact probes. In addition to leading the main project, the appointee will have an opportunity to contribute to several ongoing projects in the lab, including data analysis of already acquired neurophysiological data, and to learn state of the art electrophysiological and MR imaging techniques.
The post holder is expected to conduct high quality research, and produce relevant publications in front line journals.
The post is available immediately and is funded for two years in the first instance by a grant from the BBSRC.
The closing date is: 22 October 2017.
All scientific and informal enquiries about the position can be made to Dr Alexander Kraskov (email: email@example.com).
If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Samantha Robinson, HR Officer, UCL Institute of Neurology - IoN.HRAdmin@ucl.ac.uk.
Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant area. Experience in electrophysiological recordings and electrophysiological data analysis is essential; knowledge of Matlab or similar programming language is also required. Experience in training non-human primates for skilled tasks, and knowledge of statistical and machine learning data analysis techniques, are desirable.
About University College London, Institute of Neurology
The Institute of Neurology (ION; http://www.ucl.ac.uk/ion) in Queen Square was established in 1950, merged with UCL in 1997, and is a key component of the Faculty of Brain Sciences (FBS), School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS), at UCL. The Institute has eight academic Departments, which encompass clinical and basic research within each theme. In parallel, there are currently six Divisions repr...esenting clinical professional affiliations. The mission is to translate neuroscience discovery research into treatments for patients with neurological diseases.