Research Fellow-Institute of Medical Sciences

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
Grade 6 Salary From £33,797 Salary to £40,323
Nov 25, 2019
End of advertisement period
Dec 14, 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The successful Research Assistant/Fellow will join a multidisciplinary team of scientists and clinicians who are focussed upon unravelling the mechanisms of cognitive decline in Alzheimer's disease. Specifically he/she will be responsible for the analysis and understanding of multi-modal MRI brain data to develop a network approach in understanding changes in brain structure and functions in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. To achieve this he/she will investigate how Alzheimer's disease disrupts neural pathways and how the brain compensates and responds to such disruptions.

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This position is funded by an RSAT project focused on developing a model of brain impaired functions in Alzheimer’s disease, based on the large-scale brain networks, rather than on existing diagnostic categories. Brain networks will be defined by both functional and structural connectomes. The objective of the overall project is to develop novel neuroimaging-informed ways to classify Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment. Neuroimaging-defined connectomes will be linked to specific behavioural and cognitive scores. 3D structural imaging, diffusion tensor imaging and functional imaging (from resting condition) were already acquired.  This post is an excellent opportunity to gain experience in managing big data sets (stored across different neuroimaging platforms) and in utilising computational approaches in neuroscience.

You must have a PhD in Imaging, neuroscience or a qualitative field (e.g., computer science, engineering, physics) plus the appropriate level of experience that demonstrates the relevant skills in brain image processing and analysis. You will also be a qualified and creative scientist with training in the use of modern computational connectivity techniques applied to human neuroimaging data.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6salary scale and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.  Consideration will be given to applicants who are nearing the completion of their PhD who will be appointed as a Research Assistant on the Grade 5 salary scale.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

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Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Grant Rae, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 437068 or email for further information.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 14 December 2019

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Dr Vesna Vuksanovic, Research Fellow 01224 438378

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Dr Vuksanovic.

Please quote reference number IMS164R on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff.