Research Assistant - Neuroimaging

London (Greater) (GB)
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 25 March 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Assistant

Job ID: 017185

Salary: £32,676 - £35,366 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Posted: 25-Feb-2021

Closing date: 25-Mar-2021

Business unit: IoPPN

Department: Neuroimaging 

Contact details: Dr Matthew Howard Senior Lecturer, Department of Neuroimaging / Professor Stephen McMahon, Wolfson CARD, , /

Denmark Hill Campus   Research    

Job description
Applications are invited to join a team of researchers attempting to understand mechanisms underpinning the experience of pain in humans  using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Two positions are available, a post-doctoral researcher and a research assistant position, shared between the Department of Neuroimaging, and the Wolfson CARD.  This description relates to the research assistant position; post-doctoral candidates should consult the research worker advertisement.
The post holder will assist in studies of experimental and clinical pain states using multiple experimental techniques including: functional and structural neuroimaging, psychophysics, psychometric, clinical and behavioural testing. Duties will include recruitment, data collection, processing, analysis and writing of research reports.  We understand that early-career candidates are likely require additional training in some elements of the role, which will be provided. The role will provide ideal experience for candidates considering studying for a PhD in future.
This post will be offered on an a full-time,  fixed-term contract to 31.12.2022

Key responsibilities
The post holder will: 

  • Join a team of researchers performing assessments of healthy volunteers and patients experiencing evoked acute and ongoing pain states. 
  • Assist in the recruitment and screening of participants to take part in experiments
  • Assist in performing experiments in humans experiencing acute and chronic pain
  • Perform assessments including structured interviews, questionnaires, psychophysical techniques and quantitative sensory testing
  • Assist in the acquisition and preprocessing of fMRI, clinical and psychological data
  • Contribute to the preparation of research reports, manuscripts and presentations emerging from this work
  • Actively engage with researchers engaged in pain research projects within the King’s Health Partnership and with associated collaborators at other universities and hospitals in the UK.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Skills, knowledge, and experience
Essential criteria 

  • First degree in relevant field (e.g. Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering, Biological and Physical Sciences, Medicine)
  • Knowledge of performing functional MRI experiments
  • Knowledge of performing clinical, psychophysical or psychometric tests in humans
  • Knowledge of fMRI analysis methods
  • Familiarity with parametric statistics (e.g. ANOVA, linear regression)
  • Core ICT skills including MS Office

Desirable criteria 

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to solve problems independently as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Proficiency in use of univariate statistical packages (e.g. R, SPSS)
  • Proficiency in neuroimaging analysis packages (e.g. FSL, SPM, AFNI)
  • Proficiency in use of UNIX environment and awareness of scripting/coding (e.g. shell-scripting, Matlab)

Online interviews will be held in March.  Subject to public health restrictions, candidates will be invited to visit both campuses to meet with members of the team. 
This post is subject to a Occupational Health Clearance.   

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