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Job announcement - Research Fellow in Translational Hearing Research - Cochlear Implantation

School of Clinical Sciences in association with the NIHR National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing (NBRUH)Research Fellow in Translational Hearing Research - Cochlear Implantation (Fixed-term)

Â27,578 - Â35,938 per annum, depending on skills & 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 and are looking to appoint a Research Fellow 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 successful candidate will be involved in all aspects of research including development, design, implementation and dissemination of research findings and will work in close association with Dr Kitterick at NBRUH and Professor Seeber of the Technical University Munich. 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 (âauditory scene analysisâ) 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.

Candidates should have a BSc (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline as well as a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline. In the absence of a PhD, a strong degree with extensive 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 programming in Matlab, C/ C++, or a related language, and of analysing and interpreting data and using statistical tests. Good data management and database skills are also required. Research experience with psychophysical experiments which should cover study design, planning, development of tests, data collection, analysis and interpretation is essential. Candidates must be willing to travel between sites in Nottingham and to collaborating cochlear implant programmes in the UK.

This full-time post will be offered on a fixed-term contract from 1 September 2012 until 31 August 2015.

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. PÃdraig Kitterick, tel: +44 (0) 1904 32 2913 or email: padraig.kitterick@xxxxxxxxxx or 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: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/Jobs/CurrentVacancies/ref/MED1097.   If you are unable to apply on-line please contact the Human Resources Department, tel: 0115 846 6172.  Please quote ref. MED1097.  Closing date: 7 August 2012.


Brian Gygi, Ph.D.
Senior Research Fellow
NIHR National Biomedical Research Unit in Hearing
113 The Ropewalk
Nottingham, UK NG1 5DU