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Research Associate (imaging / cognitive neuroscience)

Cardiff University

Location: Cardiff
Salary: £34,304 to £40,927 Per annum (Grade 6
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th October 2021
Closes: 1st November 2021
Job Ref: 12550BR

We are seeking an enthusiastic, productive and highly skilled early-career scientist for a postdoctoral research position linked to a recently awarded BBSRC grant held jointly across Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) and Royal Holloway, University of London. This exciting project will apply state-of-the-art 7-Tesla MRI and high-gradient diffusion MRI to examine the functional neuroanatomy and connectivity of the human subiculum and broader hippocampal network. The studies will focus primarily on the fine-grained mapping of hippocampal network connectivity, developing novel naturalistic cognitive paradigms to examine how the subiculum constructs representations of scenes and events.

The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team across Cardiff and Royal Holloway working closely with a second postdoctoral research associate based at Royal Holloway. This will include conceptualisation, implementation, design/analysis and dissemination of multimodal neuroimaging studies, as well as other activities linked to the grant (e.g., arranging regular online meetings, public engagement, supporting early-career researchers/students). The post-holder will be expected to spend time at the partner institution when feasible.  In line with our commitment to open science, they will be expected to implement reliable, reproducible, and efficient approaches to data management, thus ensuring the long-term value of these data for the wider neuroimaging community.

A PhD in cognitive/imaging neuroscience, experimental psychology or related field together with strong skills in advanced statistical methods (e.g., MVPA, inter subject correlation analysis and/or network analyses), manuscript preparation, and working closely with other institutions are essential.

This full-time position is available to start as soon as possible. This is a fixed-term post until 31.03.24.

Informal enquiries may be made to Prof, Andrew Lawrence (lawrencead@cardiff.ac.uk) or Dr Carl Hodgetts (carl.hodgetts@rhul.ac.uk), project information can be found here: https://gtr.ukri.org/projects?ref=BB%2FV010549%2F1.

You can visit the websites of Prof Andrew Lawrence (co-PI), Dr Jiaxiang Zhang, Prof Kim Graham, and Prof John Aggleton to find out more about the work of the Cardiff co-investigators and to find out more about the Dr Carl Hodgetts’ Connected Memory Lab at Royal Holloway, please visit www.connectedmemorylab.com.

Salary: £34,304 - £40,927 per annum (Grade 6).  It is not expected to appoint above £34,304 per annum, salary point 30.

Closing Date: Monday, 1 November 2021

This post has previously been advertised to employees of Cardiff University only.  We now invite external applications.


Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

“Cardiff University is a signatory to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), which means that in hiring and promotion decisions we will evaluate applicants on the quality of their research, not publication metrics or the identity of the journal in which the research is published. More information is available at: 
https://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/our-research-environment/integrity-and-ethics/responsible-research-assessment

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