Job ID: 85391

BBSRC-funded Postdoc in spatial memory

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 7 August 2022

Employment Start Date: 1 October 2022

Contract Length: 3 Years

City: London

Country: United Kingdom

Institution: Queen Mary University of London

Department: Psychology


A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available in Dr Guifen Chen’s group in the Department of Psychology. The group studies spatial navigation and memory in rodents, using state-of-the-art in vivo electrophysiology techniques including the latest Neuropixels probes and a two-dimensional virtual reality apparatus recently pioneered by Dr Chen (Chen et al, Elife 2018, Nature Communications 2019). 

The post is full-time, with the initial three years of funding secured from BBSRC. The primary responsibilities of the role are to design and carry out experiments, conduct data analysis, and write scientific reports.  In addition, there is scope for supporting PhD students, and collaborating with other experimental and computational neuroscientists within and outside the UK. 

The successful candidate should have a PhD in Neuroscience, Engineering, Mathematics or a similar field and be familiar with concepts and questions of systems neuroscience. Experience with animal work, electrophysiological recording, and data analysis in Matlab/Python is essential. Experience with Virtual reality, Neuropixels probes and/or Open Ephys is desirable. Evidence of effective communication with demonstrable outcomes is highly appreciated. Self-motivation, an ability to work as part of a team and excellent research management skills are essential. 

Queen Mary University of London is one of the top research-led universities in the UK and was ranked 9th among the UK multi-faculty universities in the Research Excellence Framework (REF 2021). All postdoctoral researchers are part of the Queen Mary Doctoral College, which provides support with high-quality training and career development activities. 

At Queen Mary University of London, we believe that a diversity of ideas helps us achieve the previously unthinkable. Throughout our history, we’ve fostered social justice and improved lives through academic excellence and we continue to live and breathe this spirit today, not because it’s simply ‘the right thing to do’ but for what it helps us achieve and the intellectual brilliance it delivers. 

The start date is October 2022 or as soon as possible thereafter. The salary is in Grade 4, in the range of £34,733 – £38,655 per annum and is inclusive of London allowance. 

We offer competitive salaries, access to a generous pension scheme, 30 days’ leave per annum (pro-rata for fixed-term), a season ticket loan scheme, staff networks and access to a comprehensive range of personal and professional development opportunities. In addition, we offer a range of work-life balance and family-friendly, inclusive employment policies, flexible working arrangements, and campus facilities including an on-site nursery at the Mile End campus. 

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Dr Guifen Chen via For more information about the lab, please see 

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