Research Associate - Electrical stimulation to delay the onset of dementia

The University of Manchester

Closing Date: 22/08/2017
Employment Type: Fixed Term
Duration: 1 September 2017 until 31 December 2018
Faculty / Organisational Unit: Biology, Medicine & Health
School/Directorate: School of Biological Sciences
Division: Neuroscience & Experimental Psychology
Hours Per week: Full time
Salary: £31,076 per annum
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Job Reference: BM&H-10454 

We are seeking a talented scientist with a strong grounding in EEG and transcranial electrical stimulation to lead a project developing a more principled approach to the understanding of brain stimulation. The project is funded by the Medical Research Council as ‘pump-priming’ awards for dementia research to develop new activities and new science. We wish to determine effective methods to stimulate the brain to enhance and promote brain plasticity, potentially slowing the cognitive decline underpinning dementia. This aim will be achieved through the use of computational modelling to drive the optimisation of experimental paradigms to maximise the impact of electrical stimulation on brain plasticity.

This project concerns the application of transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) using a closed-loop EEG+tACS system to allow precise control of frequency and phase of stimulation with respect to ongoing oscillatory activity in the human cortex. Informed by computational theory, the impact of the frequency and phase of tACS on sensory perception during tactile stimulation (Vidyasagar et al, Neuroimage 2014 and Lea-Carnall et al, PNAS 2017) will be tested. You will have overall responsibility for the experimental design, data collection and data analysis. You will work with other staff with expertise in neuro-computational modelling (Nelson Trujillo-Barreto and Caroline Lea-Carnall), electrical engineering and signal processing (Alex Casson), and neuroimaging of brain plasticity (Laura Parkes), thereby forming part of a uniquely well-placed team to make progress in this area.

You will be based in the Division of Neuroscience and Experimental Psychology. You will join an expanding group of researchers working on neuroimaging measurements and modelling to understand the complex physiology of the human brain. You will be encouraged to develop your own scientific portfolio and to develop your CV in order to attain career goals. You will be given the opportunity to associate with a personal mentor for career development.

The School is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. Appointment will always be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/about/equality/

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Dr Laura Parkes

Email: laura.parkes@manchester.ac.uk

General enquiries:

Email: hrservices@manchester.ac.uk

Tel: 0161 275 4499

Technical support:

Email: universityofmanchester@helpmeapply.co.uk

Tel: 01565 818 234

This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date

Further particulars including job description and person specification are available on the University of Manchester website - click on the 'Apply' button below to find out more.

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