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Research Associate

Requisition ID:  24939

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  17-Jan-2023


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.


What’s in it for you? Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Newcastle is an inclusive global University community where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues 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.


Salary: £32,348 to £34,308 per annum


Closing Date: 05 February 023


The Role


We are seeking a full-time research associate in Newcastle University’s Translational and Clinical Research Institute. The appointee will join a recently-established research group, led by Dr William Sedley, also including three PhD students, and a variable number of masters and undergraduate students. The group forms part of Newcastle University’s larger Auditory Cognition Group (, with PIs including Tim Griffiths, Adrian Rees, Chris Petkov, Yukiko Kikuchi and Kai Alter. The appointee will join a Wellcome Trust funded programme of research for 3 years, focusing on the fundamental question of how the intensity and loudness of stimuli are processed and represented in contemporary accounts of brain function such as predictive coding. This question is highly important and widely relevant in both basic science and a range of clinical disorders from tinnitus to chronic pain, yet has received little dedicated attention.


The programme of research focuses on human studies with both healthy controls and clinical populations (mainly tinnitus and hyperacusis). These are conducted in a dedicated EEG, physiology and psychophysics laboratory in Newcastle, at the Wellcome Centre for Human Neuroimaging in London (for MEG and fMRI), and in the Human Brain Research Laboratory in Iowa (for invasive neurosurgical recordings from epilepsy patients). The appointee will be expected to spend time working in all of these centres (travel and accommodation expenses covered). National and international collaborators on the programme include Karl Friston (London), Maria Chait (London), Tim Griffiths (Newcastle) and Matthew Howard (Iowa).


Applicants are strongly encouraged to make a presubmission enquiry before making an application: 


Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here.


Find out more about our Research Institutes here.


Key Accountabilities
•    Although working under the general guidance of an academic or Principal Investigator, the postholder will contribute ideas, including enhancements to the technical or methodological aspects of their studies, thus providing substantial 'added value' 
•    Develop and carry out the specified project using appropriate techniques and equipment as outlined in the personal requirements 
•    Spend time conducting research studies in University College London, UK, and The University of Iowa, USA, in collaboration with the wider national and international research team. Actively engage and collaborate with key researchers at these institutions.
•    Determine appropriate methodologies for research, with advice and support where required
•    Contribute to grant applications submitted by others and in time develop own research objectives and proposals for funding 
•    Begin to write, with appropriate support, proposals for individual research funding or, where funders do not permit this, contribute to the writing of collective bids
•    Assess research findings for the need/scope for further investigations
•    Contribute to the writing up of their research for publication and dissemination, either through seminar and conference presentations or through publications
•    Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications in reputable outlets appropriate to the discipline
•    May be involved in the supervision, with guidance, of final year undergraduate research projects and in providing support to postgraduate research students or Research Assistants 
•    Will need to work with the support staff and, on occasions, with undergraduate and postgraduate students, and interact intellectually with other academic members of the Institute.
•    May contribute to events celebrating the public engagement of science/social sciences/humanities
•    Develop an awareness of University structures, policies and procedures and relevant issues in the higher education, research, social and political environment

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 
•    Ability to work well as part of a team and rapidly acquire new skills
•    Detailed subject knowledge in the area of research, including one or more of: psychoacoustics; predictive models of perception; tinnitus or hyperacusis;  mismatch/deviant/oddball paradigms; intensity/loudness processing; somatosensory or pain processing; MEG/EEG techniques; fMRI.
•    Proficient coding skills, preferably including Matlab, with the aptitude to learn and implement advanced data analysis methods
•    Likelihood of advanced skills directly related to the research projects 
•    High level of analytical and problem-solving capability 
•    Ability to communicate complex information with clarity and to encourage the commitment of others 
•    Experience of research with clear transferable skills and some experience or awareness of the research environment 
•    Presentations at conferences and/or high-quality publications 


Attributes and Behaviour
•    Organisation and self-motivation
•    Good interpersonal communication skills
•    A passion for neuroscience, and all aspects of the cycle of scientific research


•    A PhD in relevant area, such as neuroscience, psychology, physiology, or biomedical sciences
•    Honors degree in relevant subject (desirable) 




The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University is also a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 24939