Postdoctoral Neuroengineer

University of Oxford

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Neuroengineer to be part of the Denison (Bioengineering) Group based at the MRC Brain Network Dynamics Unit (MRC BNDU), University of Oxford.  The Group has a strong track record in first-in-human tools for clinical neuroscience and therapy prototyping.  The Group use transdisciplinary approaches to elucidate the substrates underlying activity dynamics in these brain circuits, employing innovative techniques to monitor and manipulate neural circuits and to determine their influence on disease symptoms.  The proposed research will take full advantage of the intellectual environment, capital equipment, technical expertise and excellent infrastructure in place at the MRC BNDU.

The role involves research in the field of neuroengineering and neurotechnology. The appointee will design, execute, analyse and report on state-of-the-art technology-based experiments focused on systems for the treatment of neurological and psychiatric disease, with a focus on chronic pain. This may include a range of technologies, spanning non-invasive technologies (such as virtual reality and neurostimulation) to invasive systems (deep brain stimulation). These experiments will be guided by a mechanistic understanding of cognitive and brain abnormalities, with the aim to design targeted therapeutics that potentially integrate multiple systems.

In addition to having a PhD in a relevant discipline, candidates should have a promising track record of original research in human neurophysiology, experimental medicine, and closed-loop stimulation of neuronal circuits. They will carry out their own research projects and may supervise more junior group members.

Candidates are also expected to have technical expertise in one or more of the following: 1) electrophysiological recording from ambulatory humans, 2) the design of virtual reality paradigms, 3) development and implementation of closed-loop algorithms/circuits for neuroscientific experiments 4) Advanced analysis of multi-sensor electrophysiological data.  In addition, they will provide evidence of creative and critical thinking as applied to the development and execution of a cohesive programme of research.

This post is fixed term until 30th November 2025, with an initial probationary period, to start on or after 1st April 2023.

Only applications received before 12:00 midday on 13th March 2023 will be considered.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

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