Software Engineer

University College London - Queen Square Institute of Neurology
London, United Kingdom
£35,965 - £43,470 per annum
Mar 26, 2020
Apr 25, 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Duties and Responsibilities

The International Brain Laboratory (IBL) is seeking a Software Engineer, who will play a key role in a new large-scale international collaboration in brain research. The IBL combines the efforts of approximately 50 scientists in 20 laboratories toward understanding the brain-wide basis of a complex behavior. Further details about the laboratory may be found at

The Software Engineer (SE) will work with scientists in our member labs to develop and ensure the smooth running of all software and hardware systems. This will require travel to member labs to solve problems that cannot be solved remotely. The SE will also be responsible for project-wide IT functions such as system administration, account control and website design. As this is a distributed collaboration, the candidate should be prepared to travel to all partner sites, with a home base in New York, London, or Lisbon. This position would be an ideal opportunity for an individual interested in brain research to learn about this fascinating subject.

The post is available immediately and is funded by a grant from the Wellcome Trust for one year in the first instance.

Key Requirements
The successful candidate will have an Honours degree in computer science, engineering, mathematics, physics, neuroscience, or a related discipline, and would be familiar with Python, Linux and Windows systems, system administration, and web design. A flexible attitude, an ability to quickly adapt to new situations and learn new systems, and to work independently as part of a geographically distributed team, are essential. Experience with relational databases, electronics, and hardware systems (eg. Arduino) would be desirable. No prior knowledge of biology or neuroscience is required, as the skills most essential for this position are data processing.
Further Details

A Job Description and Person Specification can be accessed at the bottom of this page.  

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When applying online, please include a code sample (for example via a link to a github page). 

If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email: 

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