Research Assistant in Translational Systems Neuroscience
Imperial College London Department of Brain Sciences
United Kingdom

Job summary

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century. To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it. The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap. The UK DRI at Imperial brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds with fresh...

Job listing information

  • Reference MED02309
  • Date posted 30 March 2021
  • Closing date 30 April 2021

Key information about the role

  • Location Hammersmith Campus (map)
  • Position type Full time, fixed term
  • Salary £36,045 – £39,183 plus benefits
  • Department Department of Brain Sciences
  • Category Researcher / Non Clinical Researcher

Job description

Job summary

Dementia is the greatest health challenge of our century.

To date there is no way to prevent it or even slow its progression, and there is an urgent need to fill the knowledge gap in our basic understanding of the diseases that cause it.

The UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI) is the biggest UK initiative driving forward research to fill this gap.

The UK DRI at Imperial brings together researchers from diverse backgrounds with fresh perspectives, drawing on the university’s unique strengths, resources and focus on science, engineering, medicine and business. The team recognises that the challenges of dementia demand new concepts, new approaches and a diverse range of new research tools and directions. Their holistic approach views the ageing brain in the context of the ageing body, not in isolation.

Duties and responsibilities

This project, funded by the Alzheimer’s Association and Bill Gates Foundation, will apply a novel form of non-invasive brain stimulation, using temporally interfering (TI) electrical fields, to patients with early stage of Alzheimer’s disease.

In this role, you will, together with members of the clinical team, be responsible for the recruitment of people with early stage of Alzheimer’s disease to the project, administer non-invasive brain stimulation with TI, and develop and administer novel behavioural paradigms to probe the efficacy of temporal interference (TI) in modulating memory function.

You will also work alongside other team members to assess neurophysiological effects using neuroimaging (incl., electroencephalography, EEG, magnetic resonance imaging, MRI, and PET).

Essential requirements

You should hold a BSc or equivalent in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomendical Engineering subject, or equivalent vocational qualification. You must have prior experience in working with patients, ideally patients with dementia or other cognitive disorders.

Desirable skills include experience in assessment of cognitive function using standardised and experimental tasks, coding behavioural tasks (e.g. in Matlab, Python), experience in conducting non-invasive brain stimulation experiments, and design and analysis of function EEG or MRI studies.

You will be inquisitive, self-motivated and practical, keen on developing your skills and willing to take on responsibilities within your competence.

Further information

This post is available on a full time, fixed term basis for 1 year based at Hammersmith Campus, London.

As this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, at the appropriate level, will be required for the successful candidate.

Further information about the DBS disclosure process can be found at http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/agencies-public-bodies/dbs/ or by telephoning 03000 200 190. You may also wish to view the College’s DBS webpage for policy statements on the Recruitment and Employment of Ex-Offenders and the Secure Storage, Use, Retention & Disposal of Disclosures and Disclosure Information.

Should you have any queries please contact Dr Nir Grossman, nirg@imperial.ac.uk  


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