The Vaghi Lab is looking for a Research Assistant at Birkbeck, University of London. This role is part of an MRC Career Development Award project led by Dr Matilde Vaghi, focusing on ‘Precision Psychiatry for Compulsivity’.

This is an excellent opportunity to join a vibrant team in The Vaghi Lab, and contribute to cutting-edge research in human cognitive computational neuroscience.

As a Research Assistant, your responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting with the design and programming of behavioural and neuroimaging experiments.
  • Coordinating projects to ensure timely progress from idea to publication.
  • Assisting with lab-based administration, including managing web-based content and writing ethics applications.
  • Preparing and analysing data for research dissemination and presentation at international conferences.
  • Writing up empirical, theoretical and review articles for publication.
  • Coordinating communications and study visits with study participants for lab-based studies.
  • Supporting neuroimaging sessions using fMRI with human participants.
  • Acting as a first point of contact for all research and study-related queries.

The ideal candidate for the Research Assistant role should have:

  • Knowledge about conducting online experiments and basic Neuroimaging and Cognitive Neuroscience.
  • Experience with programming with Python, JavaScript and proficiency with programming, statistical data analysis, and data visualisation in MATLAB R in the context of cognitive neuroscience.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities, both in practical settings and theoretical ones.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills in English and good inter-personal skills.
  • Prior Experience with human neuroimaging techniques such as fMRI.
  • A first-class honours degree and/or Masters in computational/cognitive neuroscience, cognitive science, engineering, experimental psychology or related discipline.

If you are a passionate researcher with a keen interest in cognitive computational neuroscience, we would love to hear from you. This Research Assistant role offers a unique opportunity to contribute to groundbreaking research and further your career in this exciting field. Further information about the Vaghi Lab.


£37,143 rising to £42,365 per annum. The salary, Grade 6, quoted is on the College’s London Pay Scale.

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary and pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London.

Terms and Conditions

Fixed-term, 12 month contract. Full-time (35 hours a week). Please submit a CV for consideration. Closing date: 16 July 2024. Interview date: 29 July 2024.


If you would like to know more about the role, please contact Matilde Vaghi, Lecturer, at

If you have difficulty using the recruitment portal please contact with the job reference number.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

To apply click here.