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Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed term)


Location:  University Park
Salary:  £28,762 to £35,333 per annum, (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £32348 with relevant PhD).
Closing Date:  Sunday 08 January 2023
Reference:  SCI511122

Applications are invited for a Research Associate/Fellow position available to work as part of a team which aims to understand the neural and neurochemical mechanisms of frontotemporal dementia (FTD) in human semantic cognition.

The post is funded through the Academy of Medical Sciences, under the grant “From neurotransmitters to cognition: The neurochemical mechanism of semantic cognition in frontotemporal dementia”. The overall project aims at probing neurotransmitter systems in patients with the FTD is associated with their impaired cognitive function and exploring the effects of brain stimulation as a potential therapeutic tool to improve cognitive function in FTD. It combines cutting-edge neuroscientific methods from neuroimaging (MR spectroscopy and fMRI) to brain stimulation (transcranial direct current stimulation and transcranial magnetic stimulation) alongside with clinical and cognitive assessments.  

The successful candidate will develop neuroimaging and brain stimulation skills to investigate the semantic cognition in FTD. The focus is to build multimodal imaging dataset of FTD using cutting-edge neuroimaging alongside with various clinical and cognitive testing to establish cognitive profiles for each patient. The candidate will perform patient recruitment, clinical and behavioural testing, neuroimaging data collection, and data analysis. The candidate will liaise with world-leading expert in this field at Cambridge (Prof. Lambon Ralph and Prof Rowe) to validate the cognitive and neural profiles of FTD.

Candidates must have or be near completion of a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, or a related subject area. You are also expected to have experience (essential) in working with vulnerable populations (patients, elderly or young) and handling and analysing behavioural (essential) or neuroimaging (desirable) data. The ability to work in a team and interact professionally with collaborators is essential as this project will operate in close collaboration with colleagues at other institutions.

This is a full-time (36.25 hour), fixed term post from 1st February 2023 to 31st January 2024. Job share arrangements may be considered.

To apply, please submit a CV and a cover letter.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to Dr JeYoung Jung, email Please note that applications sent directly to this email address will not be accepted.

It is a condition of this post that satisfactory standard disclosure is obtained from the 'Disclosure and Barring Service'.

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