The project will investigate the frontal lobe and cerebellar basis of learning, and controlled and automatic processing in the human brain using 3T and ultra-high field 7T functional MRI. This exciting project will explore new ideas using methods that include the higher order, instrumental learning of eye movements, and the classical conditioning of simple reflexes, in both young and older people (see Ramnani (2006), Nature Reviews Neuroscience 7(7):511-522).
This generously-funded project will have exclusive access to newly acquired, dedicated equipment including a state-of-the-art, MRI-compatible eyetracker. MRI data will be acquired at two well-supported, research-dedicated MRI facilities (3T Siemens Trio MRI scanner hosted at Royal Holloway, and 7T research-dedicated MRI facility at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Integrative Neuroscience, University of Oxford). There will also be a minor, applied component that investigates eye movement skill in older drivers using advanced driving simulator facilities.
The successful candidate will have opportunities to shape the science, acquire expertise in a large range of techniques and skills, and generate first-author papers in work that they lead. The post will suit candidates who have a strong interest in pursuing a research career. They should have, or expect to gain, a PhD in behavioural / cognitive neurosciences, or in a cognate discipline (thesis examination should be completed before the start of their contract). They should also have published in a peer-reviewed journals. Experience with one or more of methods in used in this project is desirable.
The project is funded by a BBSRC grant to Prof. Narender Ramnani who will supervise the project. The post is based in Egham, Surrey, where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance from London.
To view further details please see the full advert (link above). Closing Date: Midnight, 4 March 2019