[Comp-neuro] Sainsbury Wellcome Centre Fellowships

Peter Dayan dayan at gatsby.ucl.ac.uk
Thu Sep 24 10:10:07 CEST 2015

Under the Directorship of Professor John O’Keefe, the Sainsbury Wellcome
Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (SWC) will bring together
world-leading scientists to investigate how brain circuits process
information to create the neural representations that guide
behaviour. Developed through the vision and partnership of the Gatsby
Charitable Foundation and the Wellcome Trust, and with substantial
investment from these partners, the mission of SWC is to transform
understanding of brain function.

The Centre, located within UCL and close to its main campus in central
London, is being structured to foster a culture of innovation,
collaboration, enquiry and excellence. SWC scientists will use the
latest advances in molecular and cellular biology, imaging,
electrophysiology and behavioural techniques and enjoy an unparalleled
research environment offering state-of-the-art research laboratories,
cutting-edge scientific equipment, technologically-advanced prototyping
and fabrication laboratories and custom in-house high-performance
computing facilities.

Commencing research operations in early 2016, SWC will comprise 12
highly interdisciplinary experimental research groups accommodated in a
new, purpose-designed, seven-storey building. The Gatsby Computational
Neuroscience Unit has relocated to the new building, facilitating broad
and deep collaborations in data analysis and computational
modelling. Scientists joining SWC will become part of UCL Neuroscience
which brings together over 450 principal investigators offering
extensive opportunities for interaction and collaboration. Formal
teaching commitments will be minimal allowing scientists to focus on

The Centre invites applications for SWC Senior and Principal Research
Fellowships from outstanding, innovative, highly-motivated collaborative
scientists with backgrounds in neuroscience as well as related physical
and biological sciences. It is particularly interested in scientists
wishing to extend the boundaries of technological development in areas
such as high- density electrophysiological probes, telemetry, optical
recording, molecular and genetic tools, new anatomical mapping
techniques, and the use of virtual reality and other novel behavioural
approaches such as video image analysis. Competitive salaries, tailored
research space and generous relocation and recruitment packages,
including research support, will be offered. Shortlisted fellowship
candidates will be invited to a residential recruitment symposium
scheduled for 18-20 November 2015.

For further details, please visit:


Expressions of interest in senior academic positions are also welcome
and may be addressed to the Centre Director or Centre Manager. Contact
details are available on the web pages.

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