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Research Associate in Auditory Cognition

Requisition ID:  5394

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  12-Nov-2020


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.


Salary: £30,942 - £31,866 per annum


Closing Date: 13 December 2020



The Role


A Research  Associate is required to work in the Auditory Cognition Group at Newcastle University (https://www.auditorycognition.org/) under the supervison of Professor TD Griffiths. The work is funded for five years by an MRC programme grant in which the group will examine brain mechanisms for auditory cognition. The programme includes behavioural work and EEG studies in Newcastle, fMRI at 3T and 7T at UCL, and human direct neurophysiological recordings carried out at the Human Brain Research Laboratory at Iowa University. The programme will address mechanisms for fundamental auditory pattern analysis in the cortex, which are a critical determinant of speech-in-noise perception: the most common complaint of subjects with hearing loss. The MRC-funded work is carried out in normal-hearing subjects but informs other work carried out by the group on hearing impaired subjects supported by NIH(USA). The group within the three centres collaborates closely based on several weekly meetings and there are opportunities for collaboration with the other sites.


The post is central to the programme. You will develop new paradigms to assess auditory pattern analysis and run EEG experiments in the Newcastle lab to assess the brain basis. The work will inform the desigm of work in the other centres based on fMRI and neurophysiological recordings. A PhD student will also contribute to the work in Newcastle.


The post is full time, fixed term for 5 years.


Candidates are strongly encouraged to make a presubmission enquiry about the post before any application (t.d.griffiths@ncl.ac.uk). 


Key Accountabilities


  • You will be an essential member of the team contributing both methodological expertise and ideas for development
  • You must be a good communicator and show the initiative that is required to work flexibly within a multi-centre project
  • You will be able to analyse and assess research findings and suggest further plans for investigation 
  • You will write, present clearly and prepare manuscripts for publication and presentations at research conferences including Association for Research (USA) and Society for Neuroscience (USA) 
  • You will be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate research projects and a PhD student working within this programme 
  • You will start to develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment 
  • You will contribute to the media and web presence of the group and the University 
  • You will need to work with the support colleagues and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

  • Experience of research in sensory neuroscience with clear transferable skills
  • An interest in and detailed subject knowledge of auditory neuroscience 
  • Familiarity with Matlab is essential for auditory signal processing, experimental execution and analysis of behavioural and brain data 
  • A high level of analytical and problem solving capability 
  • Ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others 
  • Presentations at conferences and/or high quality publications 
  • Awareness of GDPR requirements


Attributes and Behaviour

  • Awareness of the ethical issues involved in research work 
  • Engaging and motivating attitude to research subjects including patients
  • In a position to bring individual skills and insights to the research 



  • A PhD in psychology, physiology, biomedical  sciences or a related discipline
  • We encourage enquiries from candidates with a background in physical sciences who have transitioned to neuroscience 


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.



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.



Requisition ID: 5394