Postdoctoral Training Fellow - Iacaruso Lab

Postdoctoral Training Fellows are expected to lead their own projects and collaborate within the lab and externally. The ability to work in a team is essential.

Key information

Job reference
R874
Salary
From £40,125 per annum, subject to skills and experience.
Application close date
26 August 2022, 23:59 BST
Hours per week
36 (full time)
Posted 26 July 2022
Background texture taken from the lab imagery.

Postdoctoral Training Fellow – Iacaruso Lab

Reports to: Florencia Iacaruso, Group Leader

This is a full-time, fixed term (4 year) position on Crick terms and conditions of employment.

The Research Group

We seek a talented and passionate scientist to join Dr Florencia Iacaruso’s lab on a project funded by EPSRC. Dr Iacaruso’s laboratory studies general principles of neural circuit organization that govern sensory perception and behaviour. The laboratory aims to delineate how the functional organization of neuronal networks gives rise to multisensory representations and sensory-motor transformations. Current research is focused on circuitry in cortical and subcortical regions, such as the visual cortex and the superior colliculus.

Details of research projects currently being undertaken can be seen at:  https://www.crick.ac.uk/research/labs/flor-iacaruso/areas-of-interest. Research techniques used in the laboratory include in vivo two-photon microscopy, Neuropixels recordings in freely moving mice, optogenetics and in vitro circuit mapping.

The Project

The successful applicant will use both existing and newly acquired neuronal recordings and behavioural data in combination with appropriate computational models to reveal the circuits and processes underlying multisensory representations of three dimensional space and how this representation is used to guide orienting behaviours. While the successful applicant will initially focus on data analysis collaborating in ongoing projects, there is scope for experimental work if desired. The applicant will have access to two-photon and three-photon microscopy for head-fixed recordings in rodents and Neuropixels for freely moving or head-fixed recordings.

The successful applicants will benefit from the collaborative, friendly and interactive culture of the Francis Crick Institute located in a new state-of-the-art building in central London which brings together 1500 scientists and support staff working collaboratively across disciplines, making it the biggest biomedical research facility in one building in Europe.

Postdoctoral Training Fellows are expected to lead their own projects, contribute to other projects on a collaborative basis (both in the lab and with external collaborators) and guide PhD students in their research. The ability to work in a team is essential.

Key experience and competencies

The successful applicant will have a PhD in Neuroscience or a related field, and experience with the analysis of multi-dimensional and multi-scale data. Highly motivated candidates with expertise in Physics, Maths, and Computer Science are also encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will need to be an independent thinker, motivated to do science and able to work in a highly collaborative environment. Applicants will be selected based on how well they demonstrate that they meet the essential and desirable criteria for this particular role.

The post holder should embody and demonstrate our core Crick values:

Bold; Open; Collegial

Essential

  • To hold PhD in Neuroscience, computer science, physics, or a related field or in the final stages of PhD submission
  • Competence in relevant programming languages (MATLAB, Python, other)
  • Experience in analysis of multi-dimensional and multi-scale data e.g. neuronal recordings (two-photon calcium imaging or extracellular electrophysiological recordings).
  • To have a track record of writing papers as evidenced by pre-prints or publications.
  • Evidence of data presentation at scientific meetings
  • The ability to work collaboratively
  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to present complex information effectively

Desirable

  • Experience in the study of in visual or auditory processing
  • Experience in behavioural neuroscience 

About Us

At the Crick, we conduct research at the forefront of biomedical research. We combine rigour with an open and collaborative culture, and are outward-looking, reflecting our status as a partnership of six organisations aiming to pool knowledge, ideas and resources.

We have a wide research portfolio with no divisions or departments, bringing biomedical researchers together with clinicians, physical scientists and applied scientists from our pharmaceutical partners.

We aim to attract the most talented researchers and support them to tackle innovative research questions. Our science technology platforms provide our researchers with access to state-of-the-art technology and expertise.

We provide an excellent learning environment with dedicated education programmes in public engagement with science, education and personal development, and a postdoc training programme that prepares scientists for leadership roles in science.

  • If you are interested in applying for this role, please apply via our website.
  • All offers of employment are subject to successful security screening and continuous eligibility to work in the United Kingdom.
  • If you require a visa to work in the UK we will help support your application should you be successful