Research Assistant

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 10th Jun 2021
  • Salary: £28,831 per annum  
  • REF: 8970
  • Closes: 01st January 1970
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £28,831per annum

Closing Date:17 June 2021

The Role

This project aims to understand the neural mechanisms behind post-COVID fatigue. At least 1 in 5 people who only have suffered from mild COVID symptoms report suffering from fatigue after they have otherwise fully recovered – the mechanisms behind this fatigue are unclear. Fatigue can be the result of changes in multiple systems in the brain, and in order to know where to direct any therapeutic treatments, we need to know which systems are affected and how.

Your role will be to recruit healthy volunteers (including those who have had confirmed COVID diagnoses more at least 6 weeks ago and who suffer from fatigue) and carry out a battery of electrophysiological tests with the aim of understanding which brain systems have been affected. Some volunteers will be asked to return every 3 months for repeat testing and you will also be responsible for sending out questionnaire in order to assess the progression of their fatigue symptoms for the durations of this project.

This post is fixed term for a period of 7 months. For informal enquiries contact:

Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here.

Find out more about our Research Institutes here.

As part of our commitment to career development for research colleagues, the University has developed 3 levels of research role profiles. These profiles set out firstly the generic competences and responsibilities expected of role holders at each level and secondly the general qualifications and experiences needed for entry at a particular level.

Key Accountabilities

• Although working under the general guidance of an academic or Principal Investigator, you will contribute ideas, including enhancements to the technical or methodological aspects of their studies, thus providing substantial ‘added value’
• Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the personal requirements
• Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support where required
• Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding
• Begin to write, with appropriate support, proposals for individual research funding or, where funders do not permit this, contribute to the writing of collective bids
• Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
• Contribute to the writing up of their research for publication and dissemination, either through seminar and conference presentations or through publications
• Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications in reputable outlets appropriate to the discipline
• May be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate research projects and in providing support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants
• Will need to work with the support staff and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute.
• May contribute to events celebrating the public engagement of science/social sciences/humanities
• Develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment

The Person

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


• Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
• Detailed subject knowledge (PI to describe subject knowledge required) in the area of research
• Likelihood of advanced skills directly related to the research projects
• High level of analytical and problem-solving capability
• Ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others
• Experience of research with clear transferable skills and some experience or awareness of the research environment
• Presentations at conferences and/or high-quality publications


• Experience with using neurophysiological techniques (such as transcranial magnetic stimulation, electromyography and nerve stimulation)
• Previous experience of working in a motor control lab
• Experience with programming for scientific data analysis (such as MATLAB, Python, R)
• Some experience with data analysis

Attributes and Behaviour

• A calm manner, with excellent ‘people skills’, in order to work with human volunteer subjects and put them at ease
• Well organised, with good time keeping, to be able to schedule subject appointments within the available time.
• Meticulous attention to detail, to ensure that all data gathered are of high quality


• Good honours degree (or equivalent) with some subject knowledge in the relevant area

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 8970

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