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Research Fellow (IBOV)

School of Psychology, College of Life and Environmental Sciences

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 19th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £31,406 to £40,927. With potential progression once in post to £43,434 a year.
  • REF: 98646
  • Closes: 02nd December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time


The Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH) at University of Birmingham is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral research fellow in the field of MEG. The CHBH houses state-of-the-art brain imaging equipment including a MEGIN MEG system, OPM facilities and a Siemens 3T MR system. The position is in the Neuronal Oscillations group and the project is funded by a Wellcome Trust Investigator Award.

Summary of Role

Applications are invited for a full-time Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work within the Centre for Human Brain Health, School of Psychology at University of Birmingham. The successful candidate will work on a project to study the role of brain oscillations and attention in the visual system (lab of Dr. Ole Jensen). The methodological approach of the project is MEG recordings and brain stimulation in human subjects. There will be a special focus on the application of multivariate approaches to investigate phase-coding in the visual system. The postdoctoral researcher will be involved in all stages of designing and conducting experiments, analysing electrophysiological data. The postdoctoral researcher will be expected to prepare the results for high quality academic publications, to present at national and international academic conferences, and to engage in public activities. Furthermore that Research Fellow will take part in supervision students and contribute to the School of Psychology through leadership.

Main Duties/Responsibilities

The responsibilities may include some but not all of the responsibilities outlined below.
• Develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research, with assistance of a mentor if required
• Contribute to writing bids for research funding
• Analyse and interpret data
• Apply knowledge in a way which develops new intellectual understanding
• Disseminate research findings for publication, research seminars etc
• Supervise students on research related work and provide guidance to PhD students where appropriate to the discipline
• Contribute to developing new models, techniques and methods
• Undertake management/administration arising from research
• Contribute to Centre/School research-related activities and research-related administration
• Contribute to enterprise, business development and/or public engagement activities of manifest benefit to the College and the University, often under supervision of a project leader
• Collect research data; this may be through a variety of research methods, such as scientific experimentation, and literature review
• Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications or parts thereof, for example at seminars and as posters
• Provide guidance, as required, to support staff and any students who may be assisting with the research
• Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Person Specification
• The successful candidate(s) must have a Ph.D. (or be near to completion) in neuroimaging, human electrophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, biomedical engineering or an associated area.
• Candidates should be experienced in MEG or EEG data acquisition
• In particular, candidates should be experienced in analysizing EEG/MEG data including strong programming skills using Matlab and/or Python
• Experience with MNE Python as well as SciKit-learn desirable
• High level analytical capability
• Experience in working with patients desirable
• Experience in working on larger cohort studies desirable
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly
• Ability to assess resource requirements and use resources effectively
• Understanding of and ability to contribute to broader management/administration processes
• Contribute to the planning and organising of the research programme and/or specific research project
• Co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
• Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly

Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Ole Jensen, email: o.jensen@bham.ac.uk

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