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Translational Research Opportunity
Translational Research Opportunity - NIHR National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing
Senior Research Fellow in Translational Hearing Research (Habilitation for Hearing Loss)
£35,788 - £44,016 per annum, depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance
The NIHR National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing (NBRUH) is a partnership between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, the University of Nottingham and the Medical Research Council Institute of Hearing Research. It employs approximately 30 academic, technical and administrative staff, all based in newly refurbished Trust premises in the centre of Nottingham. The Unit has recently successfully renewed its funding from the NIHR from April 2012 through to 31 March 2017.
We are now looking for a Senior Research Fellow who will be a senior member of the Habilitation for Hearing Loss research team and will take a lead role in development of the research portfolio. They will contribute expert scientific advice to the translational research projects into habilitation for hearing loss, primarily in adults. This research aims to seek clinical strategies e.g. auditory training, for overcoming loss of social activity and participation arising from difficulties in hearing. This will be achieved by developing and evaluating novel intervention strategies for people with hearing loss, which will integrate developments in scientific principles of brain plasticity, learning theory and a patient-centred approach, to improve clinical practice. The role holder will be part of a small supportive, multi-disciplinary team and will be involved in all aspects of research including development, design, implementation and dissemination of research findings. The role holder will be expected to develop and lead new research proposals over the 5 year period, and be active in securing additional funding.
The successful candidate will independently lead research studies. They will define research objectives in collaboration with senior colleagues, setting up and managing resources in order to achieve research outputs. They will need to keep abreast of the general literature and critically review the literature relating to the research area and manage and perform appropriate statistical analysis of research data using relevant software packages and interpret findings. They will also be responsible for developing research proposals and seeking and securing funding in collaboration with colleagues within NBRUH and in other organisations nationally and internationally. They will also be expected to prepare and deliver oral presentations and posters reporting research results within NBRUH and associated partner organisations, and to national and international conferences and publish as first or co-author in peer-reviewed academic journals.
Candidates should have a BSc or equivalent in a relevant discipline and a PhD or equivalent in a relevant scientific discipline. In the absence of a PhD, extensive relevant experience within their subject / discipline will be considered. Training and skills directly relevant to the research area are essential as are training and skills in quantitative research methods. An excellent working knowledge of relevant IT operating systems and software packages (including Windows and Microsoft Office) is required as are a good working knowledge of how to implement statistical software (e.g. SPSS) to analyse and interpret data and good data management and database skills.
The successful candidate will have specialist, in-depth experience specific to auditory habilitation (for example in sensory, perceptual and cognitive assessment of hearing or language-impaired adults or children, auditory perceptual training, hearing healthcare infomatics, rehabilitation of adults with hearing loss, or development of outcome measures). They will also have experience in research leadership including initiating, sustaining and pursuing a research plan, a consistent track record of published research recognised by peers, experience of contribution to grant proposals for collaborative research, and a track record of successful grant capture. A recognised national reputation in a relevant field, e.g. through invited presentations, journal and grant reviewing, committee membership on national bodies, authorship of magazine articles, book chapters etc. is also a prerequisite.
This full-time post is available from 1 April 2012 and will be offered on a fixed-term basis until 31 March 2017.
It is a condition of this post that satisfactory enhanced disclosure is obtained from the Criminal Records Bureau.
Informal enquiries may be addressed to Ms Melanie Ferguson, Research Lead for the Habilitation for Hearing Loss Research area, NBRUH, tel: +44 (0) 115 823 2600 or email: melanie.ferguson@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.
For more details and/or to apply on-line please access: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Jobs/CurrentVacancies/ref/MED1010. If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, tel: 0115 846 6172. Please quote ref. MED/1010. Closing date: 8 January 2012.
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