Research Associate - Neuroimaging

London (Greater) (GB)
Friday, 5 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Thursday, 25 March 2021
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate

Job ID: 017104

Salary: £38,304 - £41,517 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 post-doctoral researcher position; interested pre-doctoral candidates should examine the research assistant position.
The post holder will perform 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 may require additional training in some elements of the role, which will be provided. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to champion individual experiments from inception through to publication.
This post will be offered on a full-time, indefinite contract until 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. 
  • Recruit and screen participants to take part in experiments
  • Perform experiments in humans experiencing acute and chronic pain
  • Perform assessments including structured interviews, questionnaires, psychophysical techniques and quantitative sensory testing
  • Acquire and analyse fMRI, clinical and psychological data
  • Prepare and submit research reports, manuscripts and presentations emerging from this work and assist more junior members of the team in doing the same
  • 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)
  • Relevant PhD (e.g. Neuroscience, Psychology, Engineering, Biological and Physical Sciences, Medicine)
  • Experience and knowledge of performing functional MRI experiments
  • Experience and knowledge of performing clinical, psychophysical or psychometric tests in humans
  • Experience and knowledge of fMRI analysis methods
  • Understanding of 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)

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.
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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