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Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Department of Psychology

Location:  Egham
Salary:  £35,333 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:  Monday 04 March 2019
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  0119-001

Applications are invited for the post of Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Psychology.

The project will investigate the frontal lobe and cerebellar basis of learning, and controlled and automatic processing in the human brain using 3T and ultra-high field 7T functional MRI. This exciting project will explore new ideas using methods that include the higher order, instrumental learning of eye movements, and the classical conditioning of simple reflexes, in both young and older people (see Ramnani (2006), Nature Reviews Neuroscience 7(7):511-522). 

This generously-funded project will have exclusive access to newly acquired, dedicated equipment including a state-of-the-art, MRI-compatible eyetracker. MRI data will be acquired at two well-supported, research-dedicated MRI facilities (3T Siemens Trio MRI scanner hosted at Royal Holloway, and 7T research-dedicated MRI facility at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Oxford). There will also be a minor, applied component that investigates eye movement skill in older drivers using advanced driving simulator facilities.

The successful candidate will have opportunities to shape the science, acquire expertise in a large range of techniques and skills, and generate first-author papers in work that they lead. The post will suit candidates who have a strong interest in pursuing a research career. They should have, or expect to gain, a PhD in behavioural / cognitive neurosciences, or in a cognate discipline (thesis examination should be completed before the start of their contract). They should also have published in a peer-reviewed journals. Experience with one or more of methods in used in this project is desirable. 

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 
  • Competitive Maternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave provisions

The project is funded by a BBSRC grant to Prof. Narender Ramnani who will supervise the project. The post is based in Egham, Surrey, where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.

The start date is flexible and negotiable (ideally April/May 2019). Informal inquiries are encouraged to n.ramnani@rhul.ac.uk

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Prof. Narender Ramnani on n.ramnani@rhul.ac.uk or +44 (0)1784 443519

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit https://jobs.royalholloway.ac.ukFor queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at: recruitment@rhul.ac.uk

Please note: We require a CV to be submitted for this role, please ensure you attach this to your application. This can be done in the 'Additional Information' section of the application. 

Please quote the reference: 0119-001

Closing Date: Midnight, 4 March 2019 

Interview Date: To be confirmed


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