A postdoctoral position is being offered under a joint computational/experimental Wellcome Trust Programme Grant awarded to Dr Stephen Eglen (Cambridge) in collaboration with Professor David Willshaw (Edinburgh) and Professors Ian Thompson and Uwe Drescher (Kings College London). The aim of the grant is to evaluate the relative contributions of electrical activity as against molecular guidance cues in the development of ordered nerve connections in the vertebrate visual system.

The Research Associate will be based at Cambridge and will develop computational models for the formation of retinotectal connections, focusing initially on the roles of spontaneous neural activity. These models will help generate hypotheses that can be tested by the experimental partners. The candidate will also be expected to quantify and analyse relevant experimental data. The job will involve travel to project partners and attendance at workshops and conferences.
The ideal candidate will have a first degree in the mathematical or physical sciences, and a PhD in Computational Neuroscience or a closely related discipline. He/She will have an interest in developmental neuroscience and experience in interacting with colleagues across disciplines. Experience in developing computational models in C/Matlab/R is highly advantageous. Good communication skills are also essential, both for working with the project team and publication of results.
Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Stephen Eglen (S.J.Eglen@damtp.cam.ac.uk).
The start date for this position is expected to be Summer 2008. The post will be for three years in the first instance with a possibility for renewal for up to two more years.
Applications should include a CV, a statement of research and a completed form PD18 Parts I and III (downloadable from http://www.admin.cam.ac.uk/offices/personnel/forms/pd18/), and should be sent to Dr Stephen Eglen, DAMTP-CMS, Wilberforce Road, Cambridge CB3 0WA or emailed to: S.J.Eglen@damtp.cam.ac.uk.
Closing date: 22 May 2008.
Vacancy Reference No: LE03346 Salary: 25,134-32,796 pounds. Limit of tenure applies (the funds for this post are available three years in the first instance).


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