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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

A position is available for a postdoctoral scientist to work on a project entitled "A multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and improving hearing by cochlear implant users", led by Dr R. Carlyon, Prof J. Middlebrooks, and Dr. J. Wouters. The position is funded by a Collaborative Award in Science from the Wellcome Trust and will be based at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge.

The project involves a combination of direct-stimulation psychophysical measurements, electrophysiological recordings, and computational analysis of results. Computer programming skills are essential. The job will involve programming in Matlab, calibrating cochlear-implant (CI) stimuli, and performing direct stimulation experiments with CIs. Experience in these roles is therefore desirable.

The post-holder will have a first and/or second degree in a numerate or auditory discipline, and will hold or be about to obtain a Ph.D. in a relevant field. The role involves liaising with clinical staff at Addenbrookes hospital and with patients, and so the post-holder will need excellent interpersonal skills. The role also involves collaborating with the teams led by Prof. Middlebrooks (Univ. California, U.S.A.) and Prof. Wouters (Univ. Leuven, Belgium); this will include regular meetings and the possibilty of short exchange visits to California and Leuven. There is plenty of scope for the post-holder to contribute their own ideas and development.

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Carlyon (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 35 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults' barred lists). This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit :

Closing date: 14th February 2022.

Interview date: TBC.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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 include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £30,497) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please quote reference SU29553 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

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

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £33,309 to £40,927
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd December 2021
Closes: 14th February 2022
Job Ref: SU29553
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