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Post-doctoral position in Oxford/UK

12 March 2019

Post-doctoral position in Oxford/UK

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Applications are invited to join the team of Professor Mark Walton to investigate how neural and neurochemical activity in the striatum encode the costs and benefits of acting.

The successful candidate will work on a new collaborative project between the team of Mark Walton (Department of Experimental Psychology) and those of Professors Rafal Bogacz and Peter Magill. Primarily based in the Walton laboratory, the successful candidate will be integrated with the Bogacz and Magill Groups in the MRC BNDU.

The primary role of the postholder will be to take forward and develop a programme of work to investigate how the neural circuits in the basal ganglia represent, use and learn the information about the costs and benefits of alternative choices during decision making. To do this, the project will use experimental techniques to record activity from defined populations of striatal neurons, as well as from axons of dopaminergic neurons, while mice perform cost-benefit decision making tasks in order to test precise predictions derived from computational models. The postholder will work in parallel with a theoretical programme, based in the Bogacz Group, which will develop computational models based on the acquired data.

The successful candidate will hold, or be close to completion of, a Ph.D. in a discipline closely related to behavioural neuroscience, with extensive experience of neurosurgical techniques and performing neural recordings in mice.

This is a 3-year full-time fixed-term post, externally funded by the BBSRC, to start on 1st July 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter. This post has a starting salary of between £32,236 - £39,609 per annum (commensurate with experience).

Informal enquires are encouraged and can be directed either to Mark Walton ( or Rafal Bogacz (

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online. More information can be found at

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3 years
University of Oxford
Experimental Psychology

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Mark Walton
Department of Experimental Psychology
@Tinsley Building,
Mansfield Road,
Oxford OX1 3SR

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