[Comp-neuro] Research Technician (UK)

Haline Schendan haline.schendan at plymouth.ac.uk
Tue Jul 24 23:59:04 CEST 2012

Plymouth University - School of Psychology
Faculty of Science and Technology
Ref: A2731
Salary: £17,827 to £19,411 pa pro rata- Grade 3
The School of Psychology at the University of Plymouth wishes to recruit a Research Technician to work on projects in cognitive and social neuroscience funded by a European Union FP7 Marie Curie grant. The post will be based in research labs at the Centre for Brain, Cognition & Behaviour (http://psychology.plymouth.ac.uk/) and the new Cognition Institute.

The primary duties involve collecting data for human neuroscience research (e.g., electroencephalogram [EEG] , fMRI, TMS, and/or cognitive psychology experiments) under the supervision of Dr Haline Schendan. Dr Schendan conducts cognitive neuroscience research on the brain basis of human semantic memory (i.e., meaning and conceptual understanding). The tasks will require both practical skills and computer literacy to run the equipment, software, and maintain records. Under the direction and supervision of the line manager(s) the post holder(s) will utilise and extend their current techniques and have an opportunity to develop skills in cognitive neuroscience, especially recording of EEG and event-related potentials (ERPs).

You will have a good degree qualification ( at least a 2:1) in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Psychology or related field, or at least 2 A-levels in Psychology, Biology or other relevant subjects, or equivalent vocational qualification, or 1 year or more of research in electroencephalography or relevant laboratory based experience. You will be competent in the scientific study of human cognition or neurophysiology, computer programming, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, or electroencephalography.

You will have experience with at least one of the following: (a) conducting experimental research in Neuroscience, Cognitive Science, Psychology or a related field, (b) computer programming, (c) electroencephalography. Experience conducting electroencephalography experiments in cognitive neuroscience would be an advantage. You will have the following skills or abilities: Excellent computer skills (Windows OS or linux, matlab, MS Office), excellent organizational and interpersonal skills, ability to work to agreed deadlines and as part of a team, good time management skill, excellent attention to detail, excellent reading and spelling abilities, conscientiousness, meticulousness, and excellent manual dexterity to handle delicate and sensitive electroencephalography equipment safely and without breakage.

This is a full time position working 37 hours per week, however part time hours will be considered. The post is fixed term until 30 September 2013. Depending upon grant funding and satisfactory job performance, position may be renewed for up to 3 years. Applicants seeking a longer term position are especially encouraged to apply.
Closing Date: 12 midnight, Friday 17 August 2012
To apply:

The Centre for Brain, Cognition and Behavior (CBCB) has 36 research active academic staff:  http://psychology.plymouth.ac.uk/research/. This vibrant centre is well resourced. 5 dedicated technicians support the Centre's laboratories. The Centre houses 513m2 of lab space across 35 rooms with 95 networked computers for behavioral testing, including eye tracking, visuomotor affordance equipment, and virtual reality. Portable equipment, such as laptops, video-cameras and headphones, are available on demand. The Centre houses a state-of-the-art, multi-modal neuroimaging, computer lab. Cognitive neuroscience laboratories cover the full range of techniques. For EEG/ERP/psychophysiology, there are three fully-equipped, 128-channel, active-electrode systems and two 64-channel passive amplification systems, which can allow EEG recording during TMS. The fully-equipped TMS lab houses single pulse and repetitive stimulation with stereotactic positioning to integrate with fMRI data. The research-dedicated fMRI scanner is housed at the Peninsula Medical School (http://centres.exeter.ac.uk/pmrrc/) and has systems for stimulus delivery, response collection, and eye tracking. CBCB includes several EUCOGII members and links closely with the Centre for Robotics and Neural Systems (CRNS): http://www.tech.plym.ac.uk/SOCCE/CRNS/. CBCB and CRNS are united within the multidisciplinary Cognition Institute that also includes a thriving Neuroarts community.

Haline E. Schendan, Ph.D.
School of Psychology
Faculty of Science & Technology
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Plymouth, Devon PL4 8AA
United Kingdom
Office:  Portland Square A208
Office Hours: Please email for an appointment
011 +44 (0)1752 584804
Haline.Schendan at plymouth.ac.uk<mailto:Haline.Schendan at plymouth.ac.uk>
Assistant Professor (Lecturer) in Cognitive Neuroscience
Centre for Brain, Cognition, & Behaviour
Plymouth Cognition Institute
Visiting Scientist, MGH Martinos Center

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