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Research Assistant / Associate in Computational Modelling Dementia Progression

Newcastle University

Location: Newcastle upon Tyne
Salary: £28,331 to £32,817
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 22nd January 2020
Closes: 23rd February 2020
Job Ref: 2422

Company description:

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Job description:

The Role

We are seeking talented and enthusiastic Research Assistants with a PhD awarded, or a PhD thesis about to be submitted, in computational biology or related subjects; prior experience in the neurosciences is desirable. Master's graduates who can evidence exceptional talent will also be considered for this role.

You will have good communication skills, very strong dynamics modelling skills, and a track record of previous peer-reviewed journal publications. You will have experience with neuroimaging and/or computer simulations. The position will include visits to our collaborators in South Korea and at other centres.

The aim of this joint project, between Newcastle University and Korea University, is to developing more accurate dementia progression models that can inform diagnosis and treatment of patients using neuroimaging (MRI and PET) data. Objectives of this position are, first, to observe brain network features of dementia patients and how these features are changing with disease progression. Second, to develop computational models of how structural and functional connectivity will change over time in these patients. Third, testing whether the models can reproduce the actual progression and to test different hypotheses about the underlying causes of brain network changes.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Please be advised that due to the minimum salary thresholds imposed by the UKVI, this post may not qualify for University sponsorship under Tier 2 of the points based system.

This is a fixed term post until 31st March 2022.

For informal queries, please contact Dr Marcus Kaiser,

For further information please follow these weblinks:

Dynamic Connectome Lab:



  • A good undergraduate degree (1st/2:1) in mathematics, physics, computer science, engineering, neuroscience, psychology, biological sciences or related fields
  • A Master's degree in computer science or related fields passed with distinction
  • A PhD degree or being in the final year of the PhD with the thesis submitted before the starting date of this position is desirable (essential for Research Associate)
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