[visionlist] Post-doctoral/research assistant vacancy, UCL Institute of Ophthalmology

Adam Sillito a.sillito at ucl.ac.uk
Tue Mar 3 11:34:48 PST 2009

Research Assistant/Postdoctoral Research Associate
UCL Institute of Ophthalmology, London

Applications are invited for an enthusiastic and motivated Research 
Assistant/Research Associate to join a research group, headed by Professor 
Adam Sillito, investigating the physiology of the visual system. The 
appointee will join a friendly multi-disciplinary team investigating the 
synaptic mechanisms of vision, and will be expected to contribute to 
innovative research on the interplay between feed forward and feedback 
systems in visual processing.  The work brings together a range of 
multi-disciplinary approaches including in vivo recordings with multiple 
electrode arrays in conjunction with neuro-pharmacological manipulation of 
local circuitry and a variety of data analytical approaches.  The work 
builds on and extends the group's previous interest in feedback, the 
functions of layer 6 cells and context dependent processing in the visual 

For examples of papers summarising the laboratory's interests see: Sillito 
et al, 1995, Nature 378: 492-496; Murphy et al, 1999, Science 286, 
1552-1554; Jones et al, 2001 J. Neurophys. 86, 2011-2028; Sillito et al, 
2006, Trends Neurosci. 29, 307-316; Wang et al. 2006, Nature Neurosci. 9, 
1330-1336, Andolina et al. 2007, PNAS 104, 1685-1690.

The successful applicant will be expected to play an active role in all 
areas of the group's work and to be prepared and able to take 
responsibility for effective organization and day to day running of 
designated aspects of the experimental programme.  The post would be 
particularly well suited to an individual with an interest and relevant 
background in the neurobiology of vision and with proven expertise in all 
of the techniques. However, applications from candidates lacking prior 
experience of research in visual neurophysiology but possessing relevant 
background knowledge, expertise and skill sets, appropriate laboratory 
experience, strong technical skills and aptitude, and the commitment and 
desire to develop their research or technical career in this area are also 

The post, funded by an MRC programme grant is available from March, for a 
duration of up to 42 months in the first instance. Full details of the post 
can be found at the Institute website: www.ucl.ac.uk/ioo/careers or via 
email at: education-ioo at ucl.ac.uk quoting reference number: 127294.

Informal enquiries may be made to Professor Adam Sillito (via email: 
a.sillito at ucl.ac.uk). 

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