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Research Assistant in Sleep and Stroke rehabilitation

University of Oxford - Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford

Location: Oxford
Salary: £29,614 to £35,215 per annum. Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 2nd September 2021
Closes: 22nd September 2021
Job Ref: 153025

We are seeking a Research Assistant to join the WIN Plasticity Group to carry out studies investigating sleep, motor learning and recovery in people with stroke. The group recently demonstrated that people with brain injuries, such as a stroke, have disrupted sleep and that sleep quality related to rehabilitation outcomes and recovery.  Sleep is necessary for consolidation of motor learning, and the group therefore seeks to explore how sleep changes over time with recovery and how this related to motor learning and consolidation.

The postholder will assist with recruitment of participants in hospital and community settings, data collection and analysis, as well as contributing to the general running of the plasticity group. The role will involve visiting participants in rehabilitation hospitals and in their homes. As such, the ability to drive / access to a car would be desirable. Techniques would include transcranial magnetic stimulation and clinical/behavioural assessments in stroke survivors, motor learning tasks, and assessment of sleep using actigraphy.

It is essential that the successful candidate holds, or is nearing completion, of a Master’s degree in a relevant field, e.g. Neuroscience, Movement Science, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy.  It is also vital that they have experience of working with stroke survivors and/or older adults and experience of undertaking research with human volunteers.  The postholder must also have excellent communication skills including the ability to write text that can be published and have the ability to manage their own research and administrative activities, working independently and as part of a small team.

It would be beneficial if the applicant has experience of clinical behavioural assessments in stroke survivors and knowledge of data analysis or programming platforms e.g. Matlab/R.

The post is full-time for a fixed-term of 24 months, starting from January 2022, in the first instance.

Only applications received before 12.00 midday on 22nd September 2022 will be considered.

Interviews will be held as soon as possible thereafter.

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