Senior Research Assistant / Research Fellow - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
£28,533 - £35,844
Wednesday, 22 July 2020
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 23 August 2020
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Applications are invited for a highly motivated and ambitious individual to join the Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Northumbria University. Northumbria is a research-rich, business-focused, professional university with a global reputation for academic excellence and was ranked within the top 50 UK universities for ‘ResearchPower’ in the 2016 Research Excellence Framework. The Department of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation has a growing reputation for international research excellence.

The candidate will be appointed at either a Senior Research Assistant (Grade 5) or Research Fellow (Grade 6), dependent on experience. This project is an excellent opportunity for someone with a previous brain activity or gait analysis research experience, although training will be provided where required. The successful candidate will be a highly motivated researcher with an excellent work ethic who is able to learn new techniques rapidly. They will work with Dr Samuel Stuart and international collaborators, within a growing research environment, supported by clinical and academic colleagues and research students. The researchers involved have a strong national and international research profile with many high impact publications, which have attracted funding from research councils, industry collaborators and charities.

The candidate will work on the Parkinson’s Foundation funded study of brain activity during walking in people with Parkinson’s disease, and the response to cueing interventions. This project aims to investigate the brain activity involved in walking in people with Parkinson’s disease across the spectrum of the condition, and examine the response in brain activity to physiotherapy cueing(visual, auditory, tactile) interventions. The successful candidate will record brain activity and gait with non-invasive mobile wearable equipment, such as functional near infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS), electroencephalogram (EEG) and inertial sensors. This role will involve the effective delivery of the study,data collection, analysis and dissemination of findings.

The applicant should have a PhD degree in a relevant subject area, with publications commensurate with career stage. They will have previous experience of delivering a research project and presenting findings to colleagues and collaborators. They must be able to work effectively and work to deadlines.

For informal enquiries or discussion regarding the role, please contact Dr Samuel Stuart at

This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 therefore the  successful candidate will be subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

To apply for this vacancy please click 'Apply Now', and submit a Covering Letter and your CV, including a full list of publications where relevant and any documents specifically requested in the Role Description and Person Specification, such as a sample of written work or journal article.

If you are successful in your application for this role and are appointed as a Senior Research Assistant, you will be employed by Northumbria University Services Limited.  Further details can be found at

If you are successful in your application for this role and are appointed as a Research Fellow, you will be employed by Northumbria University.

Northumbria University takes pride in, and values, the quality and diversity of our staff.  We welcome applications from all members of the community. The University holds an Athena SWAN Bronze award in recognition of our commitment to improving employment practices for the advancement of gender equality and is a member of the Euraxess network, which delivers information and support to professional researchers.

Please note that if you do not have permission to work in the UK, Northumbria University may not be able to obtain a Certificate of Sponsorship for you to take up this position.

Please note this vacancy will close on 23/08/2020

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