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Current Vacancies at UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience.

Research Fellow, EDoN Initiative 

The post will run for 24 months in the first instance.

The UCL Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (ICN) seeks to appoint a full-time research Research Fellow with a background in cognitive and/or systems neuroscience to work with Dr Dennis Chan on a high profile national research programme, the Early Detection of Neurodegenerative diseases (EDoN) Initiative https://edon-initiative.org/, on early detection of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other neurodegenerative diseases causing dementia.

Key Requirements 

The postholder will be part of the EDoN Digital Hub tasked with the selection of cognitive and functional metrics, based around knowledge of brain-behaviour relationships and regional vulnerability to neurodegenerative pathology, for earliest stage disease and to liaise with other EDoN scientists within the Digital Hub in order to identify then trial devices (hardware and software) capable of capturing these metrics. 

The post offers an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed neuroscientist. Applicants should have a PhD in cognitive or systems neuroscience which includes extensive experience of human brain-behaviour relationships. The postholder would be encouraged to develop their own independent area of research, and to seek further independent funding for their work as appropriate.

Applicants who have yet to complete their PhD or have an undergraduate degree in cognitive or systems neuroscience which includes extensive experience of human brain-behaviour relationships will be considered but will start the position as a Research Assistant and be paid at UCL payscale 6B (£32,217 - £33,958 per annum).

Further Details

Informal enquiries regarding the role may be directed to Dr Dennis Chan dennis.chan@ucl.ac.uk

The position requires a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check, Research Passport and Occupational Health Check.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click here. Applications are closed on Sunday 21st November, 23:59pm.

This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Occasional Research Assistant Help Opportunity at ICN

We are looking for some Occasional Research Assistant to work with the Plasticity Lab at the ICN, UCL. The post holder will be required to support research activities of the Plasticity lab – support data analysis, recruitment and piloting, acquisition of psychological and imaging data in clinical groups with motor deficits and healthy participants on an “as and when” basis.

Key Requirements

The post holder should have previous experience working with individuals with upper limb differences and experience working with body augmentation devices, preferably supernumerary robotic fingers such as the Third Thumb. Experience with setting-up and running research projects, participant recruitment and analysing data (behavioural and neuroimaging data using software such as SPM or FSL and FreeSurfer) with a particular focus on studies with clinical patient groups is essential. A medical degree with relevant clinical experience in working with neurological patient groups is required. The applicant would also possess excellent organisational skills.

Further Details

The hourly salary will be based on the UCL salary scale Grade 6B Point 24 currently at £16.57 per hour, before tax.

If you are interested please email your CV plus a cover letter stating why you are applying for the job to Lucy Spikesley l.spikesly@ucl.ac.uk

 

Occasional Research Associate Help Opportunity at ICN

We are looking for some Occasional Research Associate to work with the Plasticity Lab at the ICN, UCL.

You will be asked to offer your help - “as and when” required for projects in the area of sensorimotor plasticity in one-handed individuals and support research in the area body augmentation.

Main duties

  • Providing support on the development of new neuroimaging protocols and assist with complex analysis of neuroimaging data using software such as FSL or SPM, FreeSurfer and Matlab.
  • Training and supporting junior lab members with neuroimaging and behavioural data analysis and provide insight into the design of upcoming research studies on brain plasticity in individuals with upper limb differences and body augmentation.

Key Requirements

Previous experience working with individuals with upper limb differences and experience working with body augmentation devices, preferably supernumerary robotic fingers such as the Third Thumb are essential. The responsibilities and full personal specification can be found in the attached job description.

Further Details

The hourly salary will be based on the UCL salary scale Grade 7 Point 29 currently at £18.93 per hour, before tax.

If you are interested please email your CV plus a cover letter stating why you are applying for the job to Lucy Spikesley (l.spikesly@ucl.ac.uk)

 

“As and When” Teaching Assistant Vacancy

The Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience is seeking a teaching assistant to help deliver the Cognitive Neuroscience MSc and MRes programmes. The assistant will be responsible for small-group tutorials, which provide students with study and career support. This is a temporary position with a variable number of hours per week during Terms 1 and 2 of the 2021-22 academic year. The position is estimated to require 10-20 hours per week and you will be paid at a rate commensurate with experience.

Duties and Responsibilities

You will tutor groups of Master’s students to guide them in their studies and career progression. We anticipate that there will be four tutorial groups who meet once per week for one hour. Most groups will meet in person and some may meet online. Sample sessions are how to manage research projects, essay and dissertation writing, online experimentation, CVs, and how to apply for PhD positions. Some tutorials have already been prepared and others need to be created. Your time will be spent preparing and delivering the tutorials, interacting with students and other teaching staff, and attending teaching-related meetings. You will receive help and training from senior members of the teaching team to perform your duties.

Person specification

The position is suitable for a final year student, recently graduated PhD student, a PhD student in their CRS year, or someone with similar expertise and experience. You should have at least a Master’s-level qualification and be enthusiastic about teaching and interacting with students. You should have knowledge of cognitive neuroscience, and ideally also of careers in this area and studying at UCL. You should have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and be able to work to strict deadlines. You must follow UCL policies and be committed to high quality education and fostering a positive learning environment. You must complete the Gateway Arena One workshop.

Remuneration

This is a temporary position that is available immediately. You will gain valuable teaching experience and will be paid according to the number of hours worked. There will be a variable number of hours each week, which is anticipated to be between 10 and 20 during Terms 1 and 2 of the 2021-22 academic year (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/students/life-ucl/term-dates-and-closures-2021-22). The rate of remuneration is from £15.66 - £19.32 depending on experience.

Further Details

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Leun Otten (l.otten@ucl.ac.uk). To apply for this vacancy, send a CV and covering email to l.spikesley@ucl.ac.uk as soon as possible. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.