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POSITION: Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow in TranslationalHearing Research (cochlear implants)
we have a full-time research position on cochlear implants available to
join the bustling hearing research community in Nottingham. One aim of
the position is to develop the candidate to become an independent
research team leader. We are thus interested in aspiring candidates on
post-doctoral level as well as in more experienced candidates (senior
researcher). Please find further details below and please pass this on
to anyone interested. I am happy to answer any questions.
School of Clinical Sciences in association with the NIHR National
Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing
Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow in Translational Hearing Research
(Cochlear Implantation) (Fixed-term)
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 to appoint a researcher at either Research Fellow or
Senior Research Fellow level to join a multi-disciplinary research team
concerned with basic and translational research on hearing and auditory
perception with the aim to increase the benefit from cochlear implants.
The candidate will work in close association with the Auditory
Perception and Signal Processing group (led by Dr Seeber) at the MRC
Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham. The project aim is to learn
how to optimally combine a cochlear implant in one ear with near-normal
hearing in the other ear for the benefit of hearing-impaired individuals
with single-sided deafness. Single-sided deafness, that is normal
hearing in one ear and profound hearing loss in the other, provides an
ideal model to study the information delivered by cochlear implants.
Specifically, the project will investigate the use of monaural and
binaural cues for hearing sounds in a background of other sounds
(“auditory scene analysis”) 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
cochlear implants which will be translated through our collaboration
with hearing device manufacturers.
The successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of research
including development, design, implementation and dissemination of
research findings which includes publishing as first or co-author in
peer-reviewed academic journals. If you have a proven track record of
research experience, you will be given greater autonomy to develop the
research direction, supervise students and seek additional funding for
Candidates at Research Fellow level 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, a strong degree of relevant
experience in the research area will be considered. Training and skills
in quantitative research methods are essential as is a good working
knowledge of computer programming, preferably in Matlab, of analysing
and interpreting data, and of using statistical tests. Research
experience with psychophysical experiments which should cover study
design, planning, development of tests, data collection, analysis and
interpretation is essential. Good data management and database skills
are also required. The successful candidate will have made a substantial
scientific contribution to manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed
journals and will be developing a recognised national reputation in a
In addition to the above, candidates at Senior Research Fellow level
will have post-doctoral 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.
Salary, depending on skills and experience, will be within the range:
• Research Fellow scale: £27,578 - £35,938 per annum
• Senior Research Fellow scale: £35,938 - £44,166 per annum
Salary progression beyond these scales is subject to performance.
This full-time post is now available. At Research Fellow level the post
will be offered on a fixed-term contract until 31 March 2015 whilst at
Senior Fellow level it will be offered until end 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@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 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:
If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources
Department, tel: +44 115 846 6172. Please quote ref. MED/1048. Closing
date: 19 April 2012
Dr.-Ing. Bernhard U. Seeber
MRC Institute of Hearing Research
Science Rd., University Park
NG7 2RD, United Kingdom
office: +44 115 951 8508 ext. 205
switch: +44 115 922 3431
fax: +44 115 951 8503
mobile: +44 786 763 5680