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Senior Research Associate - Neurosciences

Requisition ID:  25007

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Fixed Term
Working Pattern:  Part Time
Posted Date:  20-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: £43,414 per annum


Closing Date: 19 February 2023


The Role


We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic Senior Research Associate to help manage an NIH-funded project to study the neural circuits underlying the flexor synergy after stroke, supervising electrophysical recordings in non-human primates and leading the data analysis for this project.  


Damage to the motor cortex after a stroke produces immediate weakness and paresis, which may improve with time. In addition, positive signs develop called synergies: unhelpful obligate co-contractions which severely curtail recovery. In this project, we will use non-human primate models to understand the neural circuits underlying synergies.


You will coordinate a team of researchers and technicians to perform daily electrophysiological recordings of neural and muscle activity in non-human primates, providing training and support as required. You will be the project lead for the data analysis, working independently to achieve the research outcomes whilst supporting colleagues in developing their analytical skills.


You will disseminate your work through production of publications and presentation at international conferences. You should have a very high level of academic achievement, and proven scientific ability in motor system research. An ability to work within a team is critical, as is a strong commitment to Reduction, Replacement and Refinement (3Rs) and animal welfare. 


This post is part time (70%), and fixed term until 29th February 2024 initially, with potential for further extension
For informal enquiries contact: 
Find out more about the Faculty of Medical Sciences here.
Find out more about our Research Institutes here.

Key Accountabilities
•    Play a leading role in research team, taking responsibility for research projects and working independently to achieve research objectives 
•    Report to project Principal Investigator on high-level progress 
•    Support colleagues in performing experiments and analysing data 
•    Monitor and manage research resources effectively 
•    Ensure that knowledge and technical skills continue to be developed and inform research activities 
•    Mentor junior colleagues and co-ordinate the work of research and support staff
•    Supervise postgraduate research students and take responsibility for their training
•    Disseminate research findings through presentation at international conferences
•    Ensure intellectual rigour and adherence to ethical standards
•    Contribute to teaching, such as by supervising undergraduate students and leading small group classes

The Person (Essential)


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

•    An excellent record of academic achievement, including a strong publication record in the neural control of movement
•    Strong analytical skills, including experience of writing custom scripts in Matlab and using specialist software packages such as MountainSort
•    Experience of training colleagues in technical laboratory skills and off-line data analysis 
•    Experience of working with non-human primates in neuroscience research, including electrophysiological recording from the motor system
•    Possess a Home Office personal licence to work with non-human primates (or have held such a licence recently, such that it could be reinstated)
•    Proven ability to work independently, taking a leading role to design and deliver research projects
•    Experience of managing laboratory resources and coordinating research teams
•    Strong track record of supervising research students 
•    Proactive approach to public engagement of science and academic citizenship


Attributes and Behaviour

•    Collegiate
•    Open minded
•    Conscientious and meticulous to detail



•    Good honours degree (or equivalent) in Neuroscience
•    PhD in neural control of movement




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: 25007