Post-doctoral Position

Application deadline: May 6, 2018. Earliest start date: July 1st, 2018 (can start later). Contract type: open-ended.

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned research institute of cognitive neuroscience. Onsite facilities include dedicated MRI and MEG scanners, a hearing laboratory, and the developmental research centre suitable for infants through to older children. The MRC CBU is also a stakeholder in a clinical research facility and a new 7T ultra high field MRI scanner on the Addenbrookes campus in Cambridge.

A postdoctoral position is available to conduct cutting edge neuroscience to isolate the mechanisms underlying adaptive forgetting. The post holder would contribute to work that integrates cognitive theory concerning cognitive control, memory, and affect with the neurobiological research at the systems and circuit levels, using advanced imaging methods including 3t and 7t fMRI, MR spectroscopy, combined PET/fMRI, and multimodal imaging, as well as advanced connectivity and multivariate methods. The long-term aim is to understand how people regulate intrusive memories, thoughts, and feelings at multiple levels of analysis and to identify how those mechanisms break down in psychiatric disorders. The research thus lies at the interface of cognitive control, memory, and affect regulation and candidates with interest in any of these areas will be considered. Applicants with experience in functional or structural imaging are strongly encouraged to apply.

You will have a PhD (or equivalent) or be in the final stages of completing a PhD in a subject directly related to Cognitive, Computational, or Affective Neuroscience, or Psychiatry. You will have experience in neuroimaging (fMRI, EEG, or MEG), and be able to work independently on imaging and behavioural studies. Research expertise in any one or more of the following subjects would be especially welcomed: memory, cognitive control, attention, affect regulation, reward systems and cognition, and PTSD or other Anxiety disorders. Although a key objective is to undertake behavioural and imaging studies, there is also wider scope for those interested in brain stimulation, computational modelling, and lesion analysis methods. The position is an ideal springboard for scientists interested in bringing advanced cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience to clinical neuroscience, to improve mental health.

For enquiries, contact Michael Anderson, by email: Further information on the unit can be found at Background concerning our work on memory control can also be found at

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with adults' barred list). This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

To apply, please visit

Ph.D. Students


Dr. Anderson is pleased to consider prospective Ph.D. students at this time. Students interested in pursing one or more of the following subjects with one or more of the following methods would be particularly welcome. Note, however, that this list is not meant to be exhaustive, and that other proposals would certainly be considered.

General Subject Areas

- Memory
- Attention and Cognitive Control
- Emotion Regulation
- Trauma and PTSD
- Attention Training and Plasticity of Executive Functions
- Prefrontal Cortex Function
- Hippocampal Function
- Emotion Regulation
- Motivated Forgetting

Methods and Populations

- Cognitive Psychology
- fMRI and also DTI, VBM
- Neuropsychological Patients
- Psychiatric Patients
- Individual Differences


Interested Students should inquire with Dr. Anderson, and consult the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit website for details on how to apply. DEADLINE IS DECEMBER 1ST for students beginning in the autumn of 2012.


The procedure for receiving funding to work at the CBU differs depending on whether you are from the UK, Europe, or outside of Europe. If you are from the UK or EU, you will be eligible to be considered for one of our MRC CBU 3-year fellowships, when you apply (these are very competitive). Otherwise, there are several strategies for acquiring funding, which we describe below. In general, an excellent place to start, after reading this page, would be the website maintained by the Board of Graduate Studies (BOGS) at the University, which can be found here.


The Gates foundation provides a generous source of funding that allows people from all over the world to come and study at Cambridge. It provides a stipend and covers many other costs too. This fellowship is extremely competitive, and requires meticulous preparation, but is open to all. The deadlines are different for the within-UK and international competitions, with the latter one coming much earlier. See link.


When you apply to the CBU and the University, you will be eligible to be considered for funding through the Cambridge trusts. This funding is considered in several rounds throughout the year, and often comes in the form of a Bursary of several thousand pounds. This by itself is unlikely to be sufficient as a sole source of funding, but together with other sources can provide sufficient funds.


Cambridge University is composed of 31 separate colleges, each of which has its own structures, traditions, students, and sources of funding. Often these colleges provide fellowships that can be won by prospective students. The only way to learn about this is to visit each of the colleges separately and learn what they have to offer. For a list of the colleges, see here.


Different countries often offer funding schemes to allow their citizens to go abroad and study at foreign institutions. We are working on summarizing these schemes for various countries, but until then, you would need to investigate this yourself. Consult your professors, and perhaps university foreign exchange program services for ideas. You should also consider consulting national science funding agencies in your country to see if they provide such schemes.


Sometimes, businesses or international agencies offer international fellowships. In the realm of post-doctoral funding, for example, the Human Frontiers Program offers international fellowships.