Postdoctoral Research Associate in Behavioural Neuroscience University of Oxford, Department of Experimental Psychology United Kingdom

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Behavioural Neuroscience

Department of Experimental Psychology, Tinsley Building, Mansfield Road, Oxford

Gtrade 7: £32,236 - £39,609 p.a.

A new and exciting opportunity has arisen for a highly motivated and talented postdoctoral researcher to join the research group of Professor Mark Walton to investigate how neural and neurochemical activity in the striatum encode the costs and benefits of acting.


This new project is a collaboration between Professors Rafal Bogacz, Mark Walton, and Peter Magill. Primarily based in the laboratory of Mark Walton (; part of the Behavioural Neuroscience Unit based at the Department of Experimental Psychology), the successful candidate will be integrated with the Bogacz and Magill groups in the MRC BNDU ( and will also be a member of the Wellcome Centre for Integrative Neuroimaging.


Funded by the BBSRC the post is available until 30 June 2022 with a start date of 1 July 2019, or as soon as possible thereafter.


The primary role of the postholder will be to take forward and develop a programme of work to investigate how the neural circuits in the basal ganglia represent, use and learn the information about the costs and benefits of alternative choices during decision making. To do this, the project will use experimental techniques to record activity from defined populations of striatal neurons, as well as from axons of dopaminergic neurons, while mice perform cost-benefit decision making tasks in order to test precise predictions derived from computational models. The postholder will work in parallel with a theoretical programme, based in the Bogacz group, which will develop models based on the acquired data.


The successful candidate will hold, or be close to completion of, a PhD in a discipline closely related to behavioural neuroscience with extensive experience of neurosurgical techniques and performing neural recordings in mice. You will also have experience of training and supervising students, an excellent academic track record, and be proficient in programming.


Informal enquires are encouraged and can be directed either to Mark Walton ( or Rafal Bogacz (


Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. You will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application


The closing date for applications is 12.00 midday on 5 April 2019.


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Vacancy ID : 139695

Contact Phone : 01865 271444

Closing Date : 05-Apr-2019

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