Research Assistant in Behavioural and Computational Neuroscience
University of Cambridge Department of Engineering
United Kingdom

A position exists, for a Research Assistant in the Department of Engineering, to work on behavioural and computational neuroscience.

The post holder will be located in Central Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The Research Assistant will be involved in designing, conducting and analysing cognitive, neuroimaging and neurophysiological experiments on humans (adults only). Some experiments will be online and involve participants with chronic back and neck pain. The RA will join the Nox Lab, led by Dr Flavia Mancini and supported by the Medical Research Council.

The aim of the project is to understand how the human brain learns to interpret aversive information (such as pain signals) and how these interpretations shape the brain response to negative, harmful states. The basic idea behind the project is that brain computations shape how much pain we feel. We want to understand the brain processes that help people cope with pain and those that affect recovery, potentially leading to the development of chronic pain.

The skills, qualifications and experience required to perform the role are: * Bachelors or master degree in neuroscience, physics/engineering, medicine or related subject. * Research skills in the field of behavioural or computational neuroscience. * Excellent interpersonal and communication/writing skills, and ability to communicate well with both a multidisciplinary scientific team and patient populations. * Good coding skills * Experience of neuroimaging data analysis (desirable) * Excellent organisational and management skills, ability to time manage and coordinate complex experimental projects. * Being able to work independently.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Please ensure that you upload the following documents in the Upload section of the online application: your Curriculum Vitae (CV), a covering letter, a short writing, sample (max 300 words): "Can neuroimaging help understand why some people are more vulnerable to chronic pain? If so, how?", Optional: a relevant code sample or/and a scientific publication. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application. Please submit your application by midnight on the closing date.

If you have any questions about this vacancy or the application process, please contact Dr Flavia Mancini ( for queries of a technical nature related to the role and Mrs Catherine Munn ( for queries related to the application process.

Please quote reference NM24431 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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