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RA position at UCL Ear Institute

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to point your attention to a research assistant job opening at the UCL Ear Institute and would be grateful if you could distribute the advert to relevant students in your department. Please note that it is possible to undertake a UCL PhD degree within the context of this research work.


Research Assistant - Ref: 1174144


Closing Date:        17/02/2011

Apply on:  www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs


A research assistant position (salary  £27,796 - £29,318 per annum Inclusive of London allowance)  is available to work on  a Wellcome Trust funded project that will use MEG functional brain imaging  to investigate the neural systems that support auditory change detection in the human brain.   You will be supervised by Dr Maria Chait (UCL Ear Institute) and Prof. Tim Griffiths (Newcastle University). The post holder will be based at UCL Ear Institute, and report to Dr Maria Chait.  MEG scanning will be carried out at UCL’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging.


Initial funding for this post is available for 36 months. There is the possibility (if UCL eligibility criteria are satisfied) to undertake a UCL PhD degree within the context of this research work.

Your main duties and responsibilities will be: 


1.    Design and execute MEG brain imaging experiments.

2.    Develop MatLab software for running the experiments and for data analysis

3.    Train subjects in preparation for relevant experiments.

4.    Record and analyze imaging data.

5.    Assist in the preparation of manuscripts.



The UCL Ear Institute provides state-of-the-art research facilities across a wide range of disciplines and is one of the foremost centres for hearing, speech and language-related research within Europe.  The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging is a leading centre for brain imaging, bringing together clinicians and scientists who study higher cognitive function using neuroimaging techniques.



Key Requirements

Applicants should hold a 1St class, or upper 2nd (or equivalent) bachelor’s degree (masters degree an advantage)  in an engineering or scientific subject and have substantial experience in digital signal processing  and computer programming. Previous experience with functional brain imaging and/or acoustics is desirable.


Further Details

You should apply for this post (Ref #: 1174144) through UCL's online recruitment website, www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs, where you can download a job description and person specification.



If you have any queries please contact Dr. Maria Chait (email m.chait@xxxxxxxxx)





Maria Chait PhD



Research Fellow

UCL Ear Institute

332 Gray's Inn Road

London WC1X 8EE