Research Fellow (Psychology)

United Kingdom
Jun 18, 2017
Jun 21, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Job Purpose Applications are invited for a full-time Post-Doctoral Research Fellow to work within the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. The successful candidate will work on a MRC-funded project at Davinia Fernandez-Espejo’s lab to investigate the potential for transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to modulate thalamo-cortical coupling and motor responsiveness.

This project will apply state-of-the-art methods of concurrent tDCS – functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), alongside structural magnetic resonance imaging (sMRI), electrophysiology and motion tracking, to characterise the mechanisms underlying the effects of stimulation in the healthy brain. It represents the first step in a longer-term research programme aimed at developing effective interventions to increase external responsiveness in patients with a prolonged disorder of consciousness after severe brain injury.

The Fellow will be involved in all stages of designing and conducting experiments, and analysing and modelling fMRI, sMRI, electrophysiological and behavioural 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. Person Specification • PhD in Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, or related area; PhD finished or thesis submitted by start date of post.
• High level of computational skills with signal and neuroimaging analysis toolboxes (e.g. Matlab, SPM, FSL, Freesurfer, etc.).
• Expertise in acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of functional and structural MRI data, motion tracking data, and electromyography data.
• Expertise in the use of non-invasive brain stimulation techniques including tDCS and TMS.
• Experience with designing cognitive experiments and interpreting the results.
• Ability to communicate complex information clearly in English.
• Eager to consider the clinical implications of the research and understand how it fits within the wider area of severe brain injury, disorders of consciousness, and rehabilitation.
• Programming skills (Matlab, Python etc.) and experience with programming psychological experiements (e.g. Psychtoolbox, PsychoPy etc.).
• Good academic writing and presentation skills; ideally academic publication record.
• Ability to integrate into a multidisciplinary team.