Postdoctoral Research Associate in Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences at the University of Reading

January 12, 2022

Applications Close January 18th:

We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on an ERC funded project investigating the links between gut microbiota and brain function in humans. The researcher will be joining a dynamic team of neuroscientists and microbiologists at the University of Reading.

The aim of this project is to test if different populations of gut bacteria influence upon brain function and behaviour. Brain and behavioural function will be measured using a set of techniques including Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and Psychophysics. The postholder will be responsible for the brain and behavioural aspects of the project, and is expected to contribute to data collection, as well as the analysis of data. The postholder will be expected to present the results of the study in conferences and peer-reviewed publications. The project presents a unique hands-on opportunity to learn about the emerging field of gut-brain interactions in humans, and multiple relevant techniques. The appointed individual will receive strong mentoring from established scholars as part of this project and be supported in developing new ideas.

*The appointment is full-time for up to 36 months, with the possibility of an extension.

Please include an academic writing sample of 1 – 2 pages with your application. Please incorporate this underneath your CV to attach to the application.

The candidate is expected to have:

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (neuroscience, psychology) [degree awarded or thesis submitted].
  • Excellent organization and project management skills.
  • Experience in relevant neuroscience techniques (fMRI, MRS, psychophysics).
  • Clear evidence of having published peer-reviewed papers on relevant topics.
  • Experience of running studies with human participants.

Interview date: 26/01/2022.

Informal Contact Details
Contact role: PI
Contact name: Prof Bhismadev Chakrabarti
Contact phone: 01183785551
Contact email: 

Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.

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