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Senior Research Fellow in Translational Hearing Research (CochlearImplantation)

Dear List -

Happy New Year!
As the deadline is approaching, please allow me to repost a position announcement for a full-time researcher on cochlear implantation in Nottingham - Bernhard

Senior Research Fellow in Translational Hearing Research (Cochlear Implantation)

School of Clinical Sciences in association with the NIHR National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing

£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 join a multi-disciplinary research team whose role is to create new knowledge through basic and translational research with the aim to increase the benefit from cochlear implants (CIs). The candidate will work in close association with the Auditory Perception and Signal Processing group at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham. The project aim is to learn how to optimally combine a CI with residual hearing for the benefit of hearing-impaired individuals with single-sided deafness (SSD: normal hearing in one ear and profound or complete loss in the other ear). SSD is a common clinical complaint that also provides an ideal model with which to study effective combination of electrical hearing through a CI in one ear, and acoustic hearing in the other, normal hearing ear. Specifically, the project will investigate the use of monaural and binaural cues for analysing the auditory scene using a variety of psychophysical experimental techniques already established in the research team, e.g. our internationally-recognised spatial hearing assessment facilities. The studies will provide crucial knowledge for future improvements of CIs which will be gained and translated through our close collaboration with hearing device manufacturers. New proposals will be developed over the next 5 years and may include further work to improve implant fitting and signal processing. The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of research including development, design, implementation and dissemination of research findings. Suitably experienced candidates will be expected to lead research proposals and to be active in securing additional external funding.


The successful candidate will independently lead research studies related to cochlear implantation. 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 in quantitative research methods are essential as is a good working knowledge of programming in Matlab, C/ C++, or a related language and of how to implement statistical software to analyse and interpret data. Good data management and database skills are also required.


The successful candidate will have research experience in a relevant field. 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 is also a prerequisite.


This full time post is available from 1 April 2012 and will be offered on a fixed-term contract 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 Dr Bernhard Seeber, Research Lead for the Cochlear Implantation Research area, NBRUH, tel: +44 (0) 115 922 3431 or email: seeber@xxxxxxxxxxxxx. 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/MED1011.   If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, tel: +44 (0) 115 846 6172.  Please quote ref. MED/1011.  Closing date: 08 January 2012.

Dr.-Ing. Bernhard U. Seeber
MRC Institute of Hearing Research
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