Director of Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, - Ref: 1626224
University College London and the Gatsby Charitable Foundation are seeking a new Director for the Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit (GCNU). GCNU was set up at UCL in 1998 as a research institute devoted to theoretical neuroscience and machine learning, in receipt of generous long-term funding from the Gatsby Charitable Foundation. It currently comprises five faculty members, nine postdoctoral researchers and eighteen PhD students. GCNU recently moved to the heart of a brand new building designed for it and the new Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour (SWC). GCNU provides a unique environment in which a critical mass of theoreticians interact closely with each other, with the research groups in the SWC, and with other world-class researchers in related departments and institutes at UCL, including the cross-faculty Centre for Computational Statistics and Machine Learning and the departments of Cognitive, Perceptual & Brain Sciences, Computer Science, Imaging Neuroscience, Motor Neuroscience, Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology, Physics and Statistics; the UCL Ear Institute; and the Institutes of Cognitive Neuroscience, Neurology, and Ophthalmology. GCNU runs a bespoke international PhD programme that offers unparalleled training in systems computational neuroscience and machine learning; this programme is coordinated with that of the SWC. Its visitor and seminar programmes enable staff and students to engage with leading researchers from across the world; there is a particularly close link to the theoretical neuroscience centres at Columbia University and the Hebrew University through the TriCentre Alliance, initiated in 2006.
The Director will be a professorial-level appointment. S/he will be expected to provide scientific direction, intellectual leadership and to be responsible for the on-going operation and scientific development of GCNU. His/her breadth of interests will be more critical than the specific research area. Applications are invited from scientists demonstrating the ability to lead a group on computationally and theoretically sophisticated research within the broad area bounded by neuroscience, cognition and machine learning. Salary will be at a level appropriate to the international standing of the successful applicant.
Applications for this post must be made online using UCL’s online recruitment system: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs/. Please be sure to attach to your online application a copy of your CV, statement of research interests and accomplishments, a teaching statement, and full contact details (including e-mail addresses) for three academic referees.
We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are currently under-represented within UCL at this level. This is in line with section 48 of the Sex Discrimination Act and section 38 of the Race Relations Act.
For further information, please see http://www.gatsby.ucl.ac.uk For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Ray Dolan (Chair, GCNU Scientific Advisory Board; firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Geraint Rees (Dean, Life Sciences; email@example.com).
The closing date for applications is 3rd March 2017.