Research Fellow in Cognitive Neuroscience Ref 0723

School/department: Sackler Centre, Department of Informatics
Hours: Full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). 
Contract: Fixed term for 30 months, extension possible depending on funding and performance 
Reference: 0723
Salary: Starting at £33,199 and rising to £39,609 per annum
Placed on: 8 February 2019
Closing date: 11 March 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: 1 June 2019

Job description

Applications are invited from highly motivated post-doctoral research scientists for a fellowship position at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, within the Department of Informatics at the University of Sussex.

The Sackler Centre pioneers internationally leading research into one of the most fundamental questions of 21st century science: What is the biological basis of consciousness? Our core mission is to unravel the complex neural mechanisms underlying consciousness, and generating new insights into, and treatments for, clinical disorders of consciousness in psychiatry and neurology.

Researchers at the Centre are drawn from across the schools of Engineering and Informatics, Psychology, and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. This broad base ensures a truly interdisciplinary ethos: we are home to psychologists, neuroscientists, clinicians, mathematicians, philosophers, physicists, and virtual reality experts, among others.

We have access to unique dedicated facilities including combined transcranial magnetic stimulation and EEG (TMS/EEG) with neuro-navigation, 1.5T and 3T MRI facilities augmented with a large repertoire of MRI-compatible psychophysiological measurement devices, a virtual reality laboratory with Oculus and 3D motion tracking equipment, eye tracking, and more.

The Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science was founded in 2010 through a donation from the Dr. Mortimer and Dame Theresa Sackler Foundation. The present post is funded through generous extension support to the Sackler Centre from the Foundation, awarded in 2018.

The successful candidate will have:

  • an established record of high quality research publications in psychology, cognitive neuroscience or a similar discipline.
  • experience of research in the psychology and cognitive neuroscience of perception, with an emphasis on ‘Bayesian brain’ approaches to perception and consciousness being desirable.
  • familiarity with brain imaging and brain stimulation methods, such as EEG, MEG, fMRI, and TMS is highly desirable, as is an advanced knowledge of statistical methods for the psychological and cognitive neurosciences
  • experience in the design and analysis of experimental research is highly desirable, for example:  signal processing and analyses of multimodal datasets, including behaviour, neuroimaging and/or related psychophysiological processes.
  • experience supervising undergraduate and/or postgraduate students on dissertation projects would be an advantage.
  • experience with Bayesian statistics is highly desirable, as is experience with study pre-registration and open science policies.
  • applicants must have a PhD in a relevant psychological, neuroscientific or computational discipline.
  • A strong interest in the neuroscience of consciousness is also desirable.

Applicants will be asked to propose a research project, applying psychological or cognitive neuroscience methods to the study of conscious perception, leveraging the expertise and facilities of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science.

This potentially may involve the development of robust algorithms for statistical inference from neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI or EEG datasets) and/or the design and implementation of experiments within psychophysical, behavioural, neuroimaging or virtual/augmented reality settings.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to:  

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How to apply

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