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1-3 year post-doc position available

We're excited to advertise a position for a post-doctoral research fellow under our MRC-funded longitudinal study of acute and prolonged disorders of consciousness.

Applications should be submitted through

***** Closing data: 19th February 2017 *****


Position: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow

Duration: 1-year with potential for extension to 3-years

Start date: 1st April 2017

Starting salary range: £29,301 to £38,183

Research Project: The diagnostic and prognostic utility of electrophysiological responses to speech in post-traumatic coma and prolonged disorders of consciousness (MRC, UK funded)

Applications are invited for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to work within the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. The position is initially for 1-year, with the possibility of extension to 3-years. The successful candidate will work on a 3-year MRC-funded project to investigate electrophysiological markers of consciousness and cognition in healthy individuals and patients with acute and prolonged disorders of consciousness (i.e. from coma to vegetative state / minimally conscious state). This high impact project will apply state-of-the-art methods of electroencephalography, including source reconstruction and modelling, to identify markers of speech processing that may increase the accuracy of prognoses and diagnoses after a severe traumatic brain injury. The Fellow will be involved in all stages of designing and conducting experiments, and analysing and modelling electrophysiological data. The Fellow will be expected to prepare the results for academic publication, to present at national and international academic conferences, and to engage in public engagement activities.

The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Dr Damian Cruse, as part of a young and dynamic research group composed of several PhD students, visiting scholars, research assistants, and research nurses who are committed to Open Science. We have a very supportive lab group with expertise in cognitive science, EEG, and clinical assessment. The Fellow will also work in collaboration with clinical teams led by Prof Antonio Belli at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, home to the largest intensive care unit in Europe.

The city of Birmingham provides a high standard of living, with lively entertainment, great food, lots of green spaces, and excellent national and international transportation links.

Applicants must have completed or submitted a PhD in a relevant area (e.g. Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience) and have demonstrable high-level skills and experience with EEG and signal processing toolboxes (e.g. Matlab). The Fellow will have strong communication skills, supported by presentations at internationally recognised conferences and ideally peer-reviewed journals. A background in psycholinguistics and/or modelling of M/EEG (e.g. dynamic causal modelling, Granger causality) is highly valued. Experience of working with vulnerable patient populations is beneficial. The position will start no later than 1st of April 2017, with the potential to extend the post to 3-years provided that a data collection milestone set by the funding body is achieved by the end of 12-months.

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