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Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF33076 - R

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 16/12/2020

Job live date: 05/11/2020

Salary: £30,942 - £33,797 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Division: Psychology

Hours per week: 35

Employment Basis/Type: Full time; Fixed term

We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on a ERC funded project investigating the links between gut microbiota and brain function in humans. The researcher will be joining a passionate team of neuroscientists and microbiologists at the University of Reading.

The aim of this project is to test if different populations of gut bacteria influence upon brain function and behaviour. Brain and behavioural function will be measured using a set of techniques including Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Psychophysics. The postholder will be responsible for the brain and behavioural aspects of the project, and is expected to contribute to the design of the experiments, data collection, as well as the analysis of data. The postholder will be expected to present the results of the study in conferences and peer-reviewed publications. The project presents a significant hands-on opportunity to learn about the emerging field of gut-brain interactions in humans, and multiple relevant techniques. The appointed individual will receive strong mentoring from established scholars as part of this project and be supported in developing new ideas.

The initial appointment will be for up to 36 months, with the possibility of a renewal.

Please include an academic writing sample of 1 – 2 pages with your application.

Please incorporate this underneath either your CV or cover letter to attach to the application.

The candidate is expected to have

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (neuroscience, psychology)
  • Excellent organization and project management skills
  • Experience in relevant neuroscience techniques (fMRI,MRS, psychophysics)
  • Clear evidence of having published peer-reviewed papers on relevant topics
  • Experience of running studies with human participants

Interview date: TBC

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Prof Bhismadev Chakrabarti

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The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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