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Research Associate

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £33,309-£40,927
  • REF: ZE29524
  • Closes: 16th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Applications are invited for a Research Associate (MRI Physicist) to join the MR Physics team at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) and the Translational Neuroimaging laboratory (TNL) at the University of Cambridge in collaboration with the Purdue MRI Facility.

Working with and Dr Guy Williams, Assistant Director for research at the WBIC, who will directly line manage this post, Dr Stephen Sawiak at TNL, Prof Zoe Kourtzi at the Adaptive Brain Lab (https://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) and Prof Uzay Emir (Purdue Univ). The successful applicant will develop and implement ultra high-field MRI and MRS sequences and protocols to address cutting edge neuroscience questions. The successful applicant will join a research-focused multi-disciplinary team of physicists and radiographers and a diverse community of biomedical investigators using neuroimaging in both human and animal models for discovery and translational neuroscience.

The WBIC is a dedicated Major Research Facility in the University of Cambridge that houses state of the art equipment, including a Siemens 7T Terra and three 3T platforms (Siemens Prisma, Siemens Verio and GE Signa PET/MR). The Translational neuroimaging laboratory (https://www.bio.cam.ac.uk/facilities/imaging/transneuro) houses a Bruker 9.4T MRI scanner for rodent imaging. The MRI facilities support a wide range of research activity and principal investigators across the University. The research activity is at the core of a new Wellcome Trust funded Collaborative award that brings together a cross-disciplinary team of international experts to investigate the role of GABAergic inhibition in regulating brain network dynamics for adaptive behaviour. Our work programme bridges work across species (mice, humans) and scales (local circuits, global networks) to uncover the network and neurochemical mechanisms that support learning and brain plasticity.

Our work capitalises on cutting-edge methodological developments in our team: a) human and animal ultra high-field MR Spectroscopy and functional brain imaging (Emir lab, Purdue; Kourtzi lab, Cambridge), b) neuroengineering tools including optical GABA sensors (Looger lab: UCSD) and electrophoretic drug delivery (Malliaras lab, Cambridge), cellular imaging, optogenetics, electrophysiology neuropharmacology (Paulsen, Dalley, Poort labs, Cambridge; Rusakov lab: UCL).

This international collaborative network provides unique opportunities for cross-disciplinary training in innovative methodologies at the interface of animal and human neuroscience, neurotechnology and computational science. Successful applicants will be integrated in a diverse collaborative team and will have the opportunity to participate in workshops and retreats across the network as well as exchange visits across labs to facilitate cross-disciplinary training and collaborative working.

For Informal enquiries please contact Dr Guy Williams (gbw1000@cam.ac.uk), Dr Steve Sawiak (sjs80@cam.ac.uk) or Prof Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £30,497) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

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Closing Date: 16th January 2022

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference ZE29524 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.
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