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Research Assistant/Associate in Computational Neurology (Epilepsy)

Requisition ID:  24522

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  10-Nov-2022


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Research Assistant: £29,619 to £31,411 per annum

Research Associate: £32,348 to £37,474 per annum


Closing Date: 20 January 2022


The Role


This is an exciting opportunity to join the School of Computing as a Research Assistant/Associate in a Computational Neurology. 


In focal epilepsy, seizure symptoms and severity fluctuate from one seizure to the next in the same patient. However, epilepsy treatments are static, and currently do not stop seizures in a third of patients. The ultimate aim of this project is to develop time-adaptive therapies for epilepsy.

This post-holder will investigate fluctuations of seizure symptoms and severity over days, weeks and months to reveal underlying seizure drivers. You will quantify seizure variability in a variety of contexts and using various sensors. Data for analysis includes EEG data from the epilepsy monitoring unit and long-term monitoring, short & long-term wearable sensor data, and environmental sensor data.

The successful candidate will extend existing analysis techniques and develop new analytical approaches to the multitude of data from and around patients with epilepsy. Your goal is to capture subject-specific modulations that drive changes in seizure symptoms and severity. 

The role is associated with a recently awarded prestigious UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship award, and is therefore able to offer a Global Talent Visa to international applicants. 


You should hold a PhD (or nearing completion) in Computer Science, Mathematics/Statistics, Physics, Neuroscience or a project-relevant subject. 


For more information about the School of Computing, and our research, please click here.


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We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working.

The appointment is offered on a full-time basis (37 hours per week) and is fixed-term, tenable for 24 months in the first instance from 3rd April 2023.


To apply, please complete an online application and upload a CV and cover letter. Your cover letter is a supporting statement, and you should outline how you meet the essential criteria of the role and evidence this with examples.


For informal queries regarding the role or the project, please contact Yijiang Wang, Reader in Computational Neuroscience, at:


Key Accountabilities

  • To understand and convey material of a specialist or highly technical nature to the team or group of people through presentations and discussions that leads to the presentation of research papers in conferences and publications
  • To prepare and deliver presentations on research outputs/activities to audiences which may include: research sponsors, academic and non-academic audiences
  • To publish high quality outputs, including papers for submission to peer reviewed journals and papers for presentation at conferences and workshops under the direction of the Principal Investigator
  • To assist with the development of research objectives and proposals
  • To conduct individual and collaborative research projects under the direction of the Principal Investigator
  • To work with the Principal Investigator and other colleagues in the research group, as appropriate, to identify areas for research, develop new research methods and extend the research portfolio
  • To deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines by discussing with the Principal Investigator and offering creative or innovative solutions
  • To liaise with research colleagues and make internal and external contacts to develop knowledge and understanding to form relationships for future research collaboration
  • To plan and manage own research activity, research resources in collaboration with others and contribute to the planning of research projects
  • To assist in the management of research data and maintenance of data infrastructures in a responsible manner
  • To deliver training in research techniques/approaches to peers, visitors and students as appropriate
  • To be involved in student supervision, as appropriate, and assist with the assessment of the knowledge of students
  • To contribute to fostering a collegial and respectful working environment which is inclusive and welcoming and where everyone is treated fairly with dignity and respect
  • To engage in wider citizenship to support the department and wider discipline.


The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • You will have substantial experience in processing neural time series, neural data (e.g. EEG/MRI), or related data
  • You will have substantial experience of advanced analytical techniques, e.g. Multivariate signal decomposition techniques, dimensionality reduction techniques, machine learning/AI, dynamic model inference, dynamical systems theory
  • Evidence of being able to conduct high quality research in the area of medical data analysis or modelling, ideally applied to neurology
  • Demonstrable ability to write material of a quality commensurate with publication in highly-ranked interdisciplinary journals
  • Demonstrable ability to present and communicate complex information to specialists and non-specialists


  • A track record of presenting research at conferences, symposia, or meetings, commensurate with stage of career
  • A track record of high quality data visualisation commensurate with publication in highly-ranked interdisciplinary journals
  • Demonstrable ability to develop research proposals and designs in collaboration with other academics
  • Demonstrable ability to manage and maintain big data and associated infrastructures
  • Evidence of experience in contributing to collaborative research projects


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Demonstrable ability to work cooperatively as part of a team, including participating in research meetings
  • Ability to work independently on own initiative and to strict deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to present as a representative of the lab at national and international scientific events 
  • Demonstrate excellent mathematical and computational abilities
  • Demonstrate excellent programming ability in languages such as MATLAB, R or Python
  • Excellent communication skills across multiple disciplines
  • Excellent academic writing skills
  • Demonstrable commitment to creating and supporting a positive research culture and the values of equality and diversity in all aspects of your work


  • Demonstrable ability to plan and manage independent research.
  • Ability to set inclusive long-term research goals


  • A PhD awarded (or nearing completion) in Computer Science, Mathematics/Statistics, Physics, Neuroscience or a project-relevant subject



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Requisition ID: 24522