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Research Assistant for Dyslexia BCI (Fixed Term)

Tue, 25/06/2024 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a full-time Research Assistant to collect data with school pupils aged 8-15 years using a Brain-Computer Interface to enhance language processing in children with dyslexia.

The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Psychology (Centre for Neuroscience in Education) and will be joining a team headed by Professor Usha Goswami (see: https://www.cne.psychol.cam.ac.uk/). The position is available from 1 October 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should ideally have a degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or related disciplines, and prior experience of working with children, ideally using brain-based interventions to enhance linguistic and cognitive skills.

Applicants will be required to travel to children in participating boarding schools during data collection.

Excellent organisational and communication skills are required, and prior experience with children with learning disorders would be an advantage.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Usha Goswami at ucg10@cam.ac.uk

Closing Date: Monday 15th July 2024 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: Monday 29th July 2024

Please quote reference PJ42217 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate Psychology (Fixed Term)

Fri, 21/06/2024 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate for 18 months initially with possibility of extension dependent on funding) at the Department of Psychology. This position is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, awarded to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox, which aims to identify robust biomarkers of age-dependent brain and cognitive function from birth onwards in relation to early exposure to poverty. This exciting role is embedded within an established and thriving research team (www.pipkinstudy.com), as well as within Dr Lloyd-Fox's global developmental science research programme. The PIPKIN study focuses on collecting data across pregnancy and the first months of life to trace individual differences in behaviour and brain function. The wider global developmental science research programme concerns partnering with families and stakeholders to develop support and intervention strategies for those transitioning to parenthood in the UK and Africa.

The post-holder will work with Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox and collaborators on the collection of data in the PIPKIN study and feature extraction of neural markers and longitudinal modelling of the rich, complex, multimodal, developmental datasets that are being collected (i.e. fNIRS/EEG/neurocognitive eye-tracking markers/language, motor and developmental assessments). This will also include modelling the contribution of exposure phenotypes (i.e. poverty associated factors / caregiving context) to the substantive variation in developmental outcomes seen in infants.

They will be supported by a team of established research academics both at the University of Cambridge and across the collaborating institutes (BBK, UCL, KCL, Durham, MRCG@LSHTM).

As part of this collaborative team, the postholder will also contribute to identifying primary targets of intervention and the delivery of a scalable developmental toolkit (including optimized designs for accessible lower-density NIRS and EEG systems and a battery of cognitive behavioural tasks).

The post will be based in Central Cambridge in the Department of Psychology, and will require an enhanced disclosure (DBS check) as you will be working directly with children and families. As the research is conducted, in part, at Cambridge University Hospitals an occupational health check will also be required.

This is a wide-ranging position, which would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a diverse team and able to perform effectively under multiple demands. Applicants should be educated to PhD level in a relevant discipline, have experience of working with R, multilevel modelling, and with longitudinal / neuroimaging data. Applicants must have experience of working with fNIRS/DOT with 0 ¿ 5 year olds (in particular data collection and analysis of neonatal data). This post will allow the candidate to develop their skills in a range of areas including advanced statistical analyses, developmental science, neuroimaging, and collaborating across diverse multidisciplinary, international networks. Excellent organisational and computing skills, the ability to work independently and the ability to prioritise tasks effectively are essential, as is meticulous attention to detail

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 March 2026 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

In the upload section on the online application please ensure you upload the following three documents. (1) A cover letter explaining why you are interested in this post and how you believe your skills fit the specifications as outlined in the 'Further particulars' document. Next you need to upload two CVs (Curriculum Vitae) in different formats: (2) a Narrative CV and (3) your standard CV (full details in the Further Particulars).

This is a real vacancy that is being studied as part of the Action Research on Research Culture project (ARRC, https://www.arrc.group.cam.ac.uk/). The ARRC team are investigating the effects of CV format on shortlisting. If you consent to take part in the study, the ARRC team will use information from the shortlisting process to understand the impact of different CV formats. The recruiting academic will not be told whether you have joined the study so your choice about whether to take part in the study cannot influence the decision on who to appoint. Further details can be found in the 'Further particulars' document. If you have questions about the ARRC project, please contact: arrcproject@admin.cam.ac.uk

Informal discussions about the post are welcomed, please contact Sarah Lloyd-Fox sl868@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PJ42166 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Wed, 19/06/2024 - 00:00

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate, based in the Department of Psychology.

This post-doctoral position will be placed within a collaborative research program titled 'Molecules to Health Records' and involves a collaboration with the Sanger Institute, University of Oxford and University College London. The overarching aim for this project is to gain major new insights into the underlying causes and biology of diseases by bringing together on a grand scale multimodal information on genomics, other molecular traits, and high-resolution imaging and electronic health records (EHRs). The project will help unlock the potential of major global investments in large-scale molecular bioresources of populations and patients.

This specific post will lead on the integrating of clinical neuroimaging, genetics and education records, with a principal focus on driving methodological innovation in imaging genomic integration and deployment and validation of clinical neuroimaging analytics.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2027 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

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Informal discussions about the post are welcomed, please contact Richard Bethlehem rb643@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PJ42142 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Tue, 18/06/2024 - 00:00

Applications are invited for a Research Associate, based in the Department of Psychology.

This project, funded by a Springboard Award from the Academy of Medical Sciences, will explore the usage of normative models (specifically human brain charts; Bethlehem, Seidlitz, White et al, 2022, Nature) for patient stratification and prognostication in an ongoing memory clinic cohort with health records linkage.

The post-doctoral researcher will take the lead in developing data-driven patient stratification approaches from neuroimaging and health record data alongside exploring predictive approaches to longitudinal outcomes. While data collection in ongoing there is already available data through the Lifespan Brain Chart Consortium, in which the candidate will be embedded, to hit the ground running on data analytics.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 June 2026 in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal discussions about the post are welcomed, please contact Richard Bethlehem rb643@cam.ac.uk

Please quote reference PJ42129 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate in AI and Neuroinformatics (Fixed Term)

Tue, 04/06/2024 - 00:00

A Research Assistant or Research Associate (post-doc) position in AI and Neuroinformatics is available to work with Prof Zoe Kourtzi (Adaptive Brain Lab, University of Cambridge; https://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) and Prof Eleni Vasilaki (University of Sheffield).

The position will focus on developing AI-guided tools for understanding brain processes and improving early detection of brain and mental health disorders. This position is well-suited for candidates eager to develop and translate theoretical AI models into practical solutions that can be deployed in clinical settings.

The successful candidate will engage in developing AI models to synthesise and analyse diverse data sets, including brain imaging, genetic, cognitive, and epidemiological data. The research activity is at the core of a Wellcome Trust funded Innovator Award that brings together multidisciplinary experts in neuroscience, machine learning, clinical practice, clinical informatics with healthcare innovation (and pharmaceutical industry partners (AstraZeneca).

Our work on early prediction of dementia has already gathered significant media interest (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57934589) and has potential to deliver transformative applications in clinical practice.

You will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface of machine learning, neuroscience, and clinical translation. You will be an integrated member of the AI-deas Hub for brain and mental health (https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/AI-deas-launch). The Hub fosters collaborations between mathematics, statistics, computer science, medicine and industry (e.g. AstraZeneca) aiming to develop analytics tools for healthcare. You will work with teams at the Alan Turing Institute (https://www.turing.ac.uk), and the Data Science and Neuroscience teams at AstraZeneca.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Applicants should have a MRes or PhD (or have submitted by the time of appointment) together with a strong academic track record, in a relevant area: Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Data Science, Biostatistics, Neuroscience, or Medicine.

A strong academic track record and programming skills are essential.

Experience with machine learning, data science, computational neuroscience, biostatistics, or clinical neuroscience are highly desirable.

Strong mathematical skills, knowledge of neural ODEs/SDEs or recurrent neural networks, and a focus on explainable machine learning models, would bring added value to the position.

The successful applicant should demonstrate enthusiasm for generating new knowledge, openness to learning new approaches, and ability to contribute to a multidisciplinary team across sectors (academia, healthcare, industry).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Zoe Kourtzi at zk240@cam.ac.uk

Closing Date: Tuesday 25th June 2024 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: To be confirmed

Please quote reference PJ41924 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate in AI and Neuroinformatics (Fixed Term)

Tue, 04/06/2024 - 00:00

A Research Assistant or Research Associate (post-doc) position in AI and Neuroinformatics is available to work with Prof Zoe Kourtzi (Adaptive Brain Lab, University of Cambridge; https://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) and Prof Eleni Vasilaki (University of Sheffield).

The position will focus on developing AI-guided tools for understanding brain processes and improving early detection of brain and mental health disorders. This position is well-suited for candidates eager to develop and translate theoretical AI models into practical solutions that can be deployed in clinical settings.

The successful candidate will engage in developing AI models to synthesise and analyse diverse data sets, including brain imaging, genetic, cognitive, and epidemiological data. The research activity is at the core of a Wellcome Trust funded Innovator Award that brings together multidisciplinary experts in neuroscience, machine learning, clinical practice, clinical informatics with healthcare innovation (and pharmaceutical industry partners (AstraZeneca).

Our work on early prediction of dementia has already gathered significant media interest (e.g. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-57934589) and has potential to deliver transformative applications in clinical practice.

You will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface of machine learning, neuroscience, and clinical translation. You will be an integrated member of the AI-deas Hub for brain and mental health (https://www.cam.ac.uk/stories/AI-deas-launch). The Hub fosters collaborations between mathematics, statistics, computer science, medicine and industry (e.g. AstraZeneca) aiming to develop analytics tools for healthcare. You will work with teams at the Alan Turing Institute (https://www.turing.ac.uk), and the Data Science and Neuroscience teams at AstraZeneca.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Applicants should have a MRes or PhD (or have submitted by the time of appointment) together with a strong academic track record, in a relevant area: Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Computer Science, Data Science, Biostatistics, Neuroscience, or Medicine.

A strong academic track record and programming skills are essential.

Experience with machine learning, data science, computational neuroscience, biostatistics, or clinical neuroscience are highly desirable.

Strong mathematical skills, knowledge of neural ODEs/SDEs or recurrent neural networks, and a focus on explainable machine learning models, would bring added value to the position.

The successful applicant should demonstrate enthusiasm for generating new knowledge, openness to learning new approaches, and ability to contribute to a multidisciplinary team across sectors (academia, healthcare, industry).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For informal inquiries, please contact Professor Zoe Kourtzi at zk240@cam.ac.uk

Closing Date: Tuesday 25th June 2024 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: To be confirmed

Please quote reference PJ41924 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant / Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Tue, 28/05/2024 - 00:00

The post, funded by an industrial contract with Shionogi, is based in the CLiC (Cambridge Laboratory for research on impulsive and compulsive disorders) directed by Professor David Belin at the Department of Psychology of the University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will join a highly active research group in which they will take part in a programme of research that aims to establish the therapeutic potential (and underlying mechanism of action) of two new small molecules for the treatment of drug (heroin, cocaine, alcohol) use disorder.

The successful applicant will work alongside a post-doctoral researcher and a PhD student with whom they will carry out longitudinal studies using innovative behavioural procedures combined with pharmacology, molecular biology and circuit neuroscience techniques.

The successful applicant will ideally have a special interest in the neural mechanisms of addiction and prior experience in Behavioural Pharmacology.

The successful applicant will join a highly dynamic and interactive group (comprising three postdoctoral fellows, three PhD students, and a lab manager) passionate about the psychological and neural basis of vulnerability to develop compulsive disorders.

At the CLiC, the successful candidate will have many opportunities to acquire a large array of Behavioural Neuroscience techniques and develop a rich culture in Behavioural Pharmacology and Behavioural Neuroscience in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For informal inquiries, please contact David Belin at bdb26@cam.ac.uk

Closing Date: Thursday 20th June 2024 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: Thursday 27th / Friday 28th June

Please quote reference PJ41822 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant / Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Tue, 28/05/2024 - 00:00

The post, funded by an industrial contract with Shionogi, is based in the CLiC (Cambridge Laboratory for research on impulsive and compulsive disorders) directed by Professor David Belin at the Department of Psychology of the University of Cambridge.

The successful candidate will join a highly active research group in which they will take part in a programme of research that aims to establish the therapeutic potential (and underlying mechanism of action) of two new small molecules for the treatment of drug (heroin, cocaine, alcohol) use disorder.

The successful applicant will work alongside a post-doctoral researcher and a PhD student with whom they will carry out longitudinal studies using innovative behavioural procedures combined with pharmacology, molecular biology and circuit neuroscience techniques.

The successful applicant will ideally have a special interest in the neural mechanisms of addiction and prior experience in Behavioural Pharmacology.

The successful applicant will join a highly dynamic and interactive group (comprising three postdoctoral fellows, three PhD students, and a lab manager) passionate about the psychological and neural basis of vulnerability to develop compulsive disorders.

At the CLiC, the successful candidate will have many opportunities to acquire a large array of Behavioural Neuroscience techniques and develop a rich culture in Behavioural Pharmacology and Behavioural Neuroscience in an inclusive and supportive environment.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

For informal inquiries, please contact David Belin at bdb26@cam.ac.uk

Closing Date: Thursday 20th June 2024 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: Thursday 27th / Friday 28th June

Please quote reference PJ41822 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate in MRI Physics for Neuroscience (Fixed Term)

Mon, 29/04/2024 - 00:00

Exciting opportunity for a Research Associate in MRI Physics for Neuroscience to join Professor Zoe Kourtzi 's Neuroscience team (Adaptive Brain Lab: https://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) and MR Physics teams at :

Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre, Cambridge (Prof Guy Williams), Translational Neuroimaging laboratory, Cambridge (Dr Stephen Sawiak) Purdue MRI Facility, School of Health Sciences, Purdue University (Prof Uzay Emir).

Project Focus: The successful applicant will develop and implement innovative ultra high-field MRI and MRS sequences, protocols, and data analysis pipelines to address cutting edge neuroscience questions. They will join a research-focused multi-disciplinary team of MRI physicists and neuroscientists using neuroimaging in both human and animal models for discovery and translational neuroscience.

The research activity is at the core of a Wellcome Trust funded Collaborative award that brings together a cross-disciplinary team of international experts to build cutting edge MRI tools for investigating brain network dynamics for adaptive behaviour. Our work programme bridges work across species (mice, humans) and scales (local circuits, global networks) to uncover the network and neurochemical mechanisms that support learning and brain plasticity.

Development Opportunities: Our collaborative research programme provides unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary training in innovative methodologies at the interface of MRI Physics, animal and human neuroimaging, neurotechnology and computational science. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and retreats across the network as well as exchange visits across labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary training and collaborative working.

Applicants should hold a PhD (or have submitted by the time of appointment) together with a strong academic track record, in MRI Physics, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering, or another relevant area that provides a solid grounding in MR physics.

A strong academic track record quantitative and programming skills are essential.

Experience with developing and implementing MRI protocols for biomedical , neuroscience research.

Experience with pulse sequence coding and MRI data analysis.

The successful applicant should demonstrate enthusiasm for generating new knowledge, openness to learning new approaches, and ability to contribute to a multidisciplinary team.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance with the potential for an extension up to 3 years.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For informal inquiries, please contact either Professor Zoe Kourtzi at zk240@cam.ac.uk or Professor Uzay Emir at uemir@purdue.edu

Closing Date: Thursday 30th May 2024 at 12 Midnight

Interviews: Week commencing 17th June 2024

Please quote reference PJ41480 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Teaching Associate: Social Psychology (Fixed Term)

Wed, 24/04/2024 - 00:00

We are seeking an enthusiastic person to join the Department of Psychology as a Teaching Associate. The purpose of the role is to support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate a willingness to contribute to undergraduate education within the Department of Psychology and an ability to teach effectively at undergraduate level.

Reporting to the Professor Sander van der Linden, the post-holder will support the Department of Psychology's teaching in Social Psychology. The post-holder will work in collaboration with relevant Course Organisers and the Deputy Head of Department for Teaching, conducting social lectures for undergraduate students, helping to develop a new first year exam paper, and contributing to exam marking in first and second year. The post holder will ideally also offer number of research projects in the domain of social psychology for third year research students. The role will involve liaising with lecturers, students and administrative staff.

It is essential that the post-holder has a background in Social Psychology. The candidate should demonstrate a commitment to teaching and will ideally have experience of teaching at university level. It is essential that the post-holder is self-motivated, can work independently as well as part of a team, and has good organisational and communication skills.

The position is funded for 1 year. Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to take up the post of Teaching Associate on 1 August 2024 or as soon as possible thereafter. The interview date is projected to be the week beginning 3rd June 2024 , and will involve a short skills-based test.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

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For an informal discussion about the post please contact Professor Sander van der Linden (sander.vanderlinden@psychol.cam.ac.uk)

Please quote reference PJ41387 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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