Research Assistant/Associate in Pain Neuroscience

University of Cambridge - Department of Engineering

We are seeking a highly creative and motivated Research Assistant / Associate to join the Pain Neuroscience group ( at the Computational and Biological Learning Lab at the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge, UK.

The key responsibilities and duties of the role is to work on a research project funded by Arthritis Research UK looking at models of pain and fatigue in patients with inflammatory arthritis, in collaboration with clinical colleagues at Addenbrookes Hospital.

The project aims to identify specific behavioural and neural characteristics of pain and fatigue, and involves 3 core experimental methods:

  • Developing decision-making tasks that capture fatigue in decision-making and performing tasks with event-related fMRI in patients and controls
  • Resting state fMRI and development of biomarkers to characterize and classify abnormalities in patients, using methods such a machine learning and graph theory
  • Analysis of behavior in domestic environments using wireless wearable sensors

The project involves collaboration with clinical colleagues, who will assist in the recruitment of patients. There is scope for developing project work in line with the successful candidate's interests.

Successful applicants will have or be near to completing a PhD in neuroscience, psychology, bioengineering, or related areas, with experience in pain or decision-neuroscience; neuroimaging (fMRI) ,fMRI, computational modelling of decision-making and behavior, fMRI data analysis (SPM, FSL or related tools), and/or bioengineering. Candidates should have extensive research knowledge and experience in addition to a strong publication record.

General skills that are required are planning and organising research resources and workshops. The role will require good theoretical and analytical skills and programming experience is essential.

Salary Ranges: Research Assistant: £25,023 - £28,982; Research Associate: £28,982 - £37,768.

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload your Curriculum Vitae (CV) which should include a list of your publications and a covering letter in the Upload section of the online application. 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 Miss Diane Hazell, email:, Tel: +44 01223 748529. Informal enquiries can be addressed to Ben Seymour at

Please quote reference NM10241 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

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