Research Assistant in Cognitive Neuroscience
Cardiff University, School of Psychology
United Kingdom

We are seeking a Research Assistant to work on a project funded by the BIAL Foundation ( investigating the use of EEG neurofeedback to enhance episodic memory.

We are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated, and highly organised individual to set-up the study, manage recruitment of participants, and to collect and analyse the data. The successful candidate will carry out the funded project, which involves one large EEG experiment, to be completed within the duration of the post. The role will include opportunities to develop skills and experience across a range of research tasks, including: literature review, study design, data acquisition and analysis.
The post will be based at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), where the post holder will be part of a welcoming and vibrant research environment. We currently house around 185 researchers and have state-of-the-art equipment, including: 4 human MRI systems (2 x Siemens Prisma 3T, 1 x Siemens Connectom [with 300mT/m gradients], 1 x Siemens 7T), MEG, EEG, a clinical research facility and cognitive testing labs.

For any queries about this role please contact Dr Lisa Evans (
This is a full-time, fixed-term post available from the 1st October 2019 to 30th September 2020.

Salary:  £27,025 - £31,302 per annum, pro-rata for hours worked (Grade 5). It is not expected to appoint above £27,025 per annum, point 23.
Date advert posted: Thursday, 27 June 2019

Closing Date: Sunday, 28 July 2019

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.


Job Description

Main Function

This post provides an opportunity for an enthusiastic and well-organised person to work at Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC) to conduct cognitive electrophysiology experiments. This post is funded by a grant from the BIAL Foundation ( focusing on the use of electroencephalography (EEG) neurofeedback as a tool to enhance episodic memory.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


  • To undertake research in the field of cognitive electrophysiology, e.g. by contributing to the development of and conducting experiments in healthy human participants. 
  • To write and maintain accurate records of the research being undertaken. 
  • To analyse behavioural and EEG data. 
  • To contribute to research publications and prepare summaries of the research undertaken. 
  • To deliver oral and poster presentations as required. 
  • To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world e.g. at public engagement events. 
  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance. 
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.


Person Specification

Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

  1. A degree in Psychology, or a relevant discipline, which must be of a minimum of a 2.1 classification.
Knowledge, Skills and Experience
  1. Knowledge of episodic memory and cognitive electrophysiology approaches to the study of this area.
  2. Knowledge and experience of acquiring EEG data in human participants.
  3. Knowledge and experience of EEG data processing and analysis.
  4.  Experience in using software packages, such as Eprime.
Communication and Team Working
  1. Excellent written skills, with the ability to write for different audiences in a clear and accessible manner e.g. to prepare research summaries and contribute to publications.
  2. Ability to present ideas and research confidently and effectively to others.
  3. Excellent organisational and team-working skills.
  1. Ability to work towards identified goals within an agreed timeframe.
Desirable Criteria
  1. Masters/PhD in a relevant discipline.
  2. Knowledge and experience of neurofeedback.
  3. Peer-reviewed publications in an area relevant to this post.
  4. Proven ability to work without close supervision


Additional Information

Evidencing Criteria - It is School of Psychology’s policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement. Please ensure when submitting this document/attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number.
If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed.

Cardiff School of Psychology

We are recognised internationally for sustained excellence in research, impact and research-led teaching. We are a large School with over 50 academic staff, over 600 undergraduates and 150 postgraduate students. In the last assessment the School attained the highest rating of ‘excellent’ for its teaching from the HEFCW Teaching Quality Assessment Panel.
Many individuals in the School are leading figures in their research areas. In the last Research Excellence Framework we entered as a unit of over 80 staff with our colleagues in Psychological medicine. We were placed 2nd in our topic area across the UK. We have state of the art laboratories and experimental expertise across the range of psychology, and are currently building one of the largest and best equipped imaging centres in Europe (see:
Our collective aim is to understand the psychological and biological foundations of behaviour at both individual and group levels. The research undertaken in the School ranges from 'synapse to society', and includes normal behaviour in development and adulthood, the breakdown of cognition after stress, trauma and in neurological and/or genetic conditions, as well as key psychological issues of broad importance to society, such as prejudice, reproductive health and understanding risk. The School also contributes to cross-disciplinary University Research Institutes in Neuroscience and Mental Health, Sustainable Places, and Energy Systems Research. 

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