Research Associate

Imperial College London

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Job summary

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Department of Bioengineering at Imperial College London is leading the bioengineering agenda both nationally and internationally, advancing the frontiers of our knowledge in the discipline’s three main areas:

1. Biomedical Engineering: Developing devices, techniques and interventions for human health.

2. Biological Engineering: Solving problems related to the life sciences and their applications for health.

3. Biomimetics: Using the structures and functions of living organisms as models for the design and engineering of materials and machines.

Environment: The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory and the Be.Neuro Laboratory are very young and dynamic, and publishes in prestigious journals, such as Nature and Science. It is part of the Department of Bioengineering, which conducts state-of-the-art multidisciplinary research in biomechanics, neuroscience and neurotechnology. The lab is at Imperial College London, the 3rd ranked university in Europe, is in the top 10 worldwide, and is located in the city centre of London. More information can be found at:

Duties and responsibilities

Research topic: Learning and memory are among the most fascinating topic of neuroscience, yet our understanding of it is only at the beginning. Learning is thought to change the connections between the neurons in the brain, a process called synaptic plasticity. Using mathematical and computational tools, it is possible to model synaptic plasticity across different time scales, which helps understand how different types of memory are formed. The Postdoc candidate will be designing plastic artificial neural networks which are modelling the hippocampal complex.

Requirements: The Computational Neuroscience Laboratory, headed by Dr. Clopath, and the Be.Neuro Laboratory headed by Dr. Gallego are looking for a talented Postdoc, working in the field of computational neuroscience and neural data analysis. The perfect candidate has a strong computational and experimental background and has done a PhD in the field of neuroscience. The ideal candidate has expertise experimental neuroscience in either motor cortex or basal ganglia, modelling reinforcement learning, data analysis.

Essential requirements

You must have a good undergraduate degree/ MSc in physics, mathematics, engineering (or equivalent) and a PhD in computational neuroscience (or equivalent). You will have previous experience in computational neuroscience.

Further information

This is a fixed term position for 12 months.

Candidates who have not yet been officially awarded their PhD will be appointed as Research Assistant within the salary range £40,694 – £43,888 per annum.

Informal queries relating to the position should be directed to [email protected]

Imperial College London is a science-based institution with the greatest concentration of high-impact research of any major UK university. The Faculty of Engineering, consistently rated among the best in the world, is made up of 10 academic departments and is committed to increasing its research activity by focusing on engineering-led multidisciplinary growth areas that target a number of global challenges. The Department of Bioengineering is located on a campus in South Kensington, giving a concentration of talent that creates a stimulating and vibrant research community. You can find out more about our staff benefits, including generous annual leave entitlements and our excellent professional development opportunities, here: .

Our preferred method of application is via our website. Please click “APPLY NOW” to go through to the online application form. Should you have any queries regarding the application process please contact: Yusra Vallimohamed ( For technical issues when applying online please email [email protected]. Please ensure that you include the job reference number in any correspondence.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena SWAN Silver Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident Employer, and are working in partnership with GIRES to promote respect for trans people


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