Research Assistant in the Deep Hearing Lab
Closing on: Jan 31, 2023

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

Join the Deep Hearing Lab at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit and work with us to improve speech perception with assistive hearing devices such as cochlear implants and hearing aids. Our research aims to better understand and to alleviate the difficulties that people with hearing loss face in everyday situations, in particular those that involve speech communication in noisy environments. This role is for a Research Assistant, aiming to consolidate research experience.

The primary focus of this post will be the evaluation of speech processing strategies for hearing devices with the target population. This will involve the design, planning, recruitment, implementation, running and analysis of listening experiments with volunteers, e.g. those that use hearing aids or cochlear implants. The experimental studies will be run in-the-lab as well as online via remote testing platforms. The ideal candidate will have excellent organisational and communication skills and a keen interest to work on perceptual experiments in the auditory space with volunteer participants. A secondary part of this post will be to contribute to the development of novel speech processing techniques by programming research software and using computational toolkits.

The ideal candidate has a strong interest and some experience in auditory science and hearing devices. This role fits with a range of backgrounds including, for example, technology (engineering, computer science), psychology, neuroscience and medicine (audiology). Some experience in using computational methods and programming languages (eg Matlab, Python) and/or techniques from experimental psychology (eg behavioural data collection) will be expected. A strong motivation to work in a multi-disciplinary research setting and to develop expert skills in computational and psychological domains is desirable. Besides working at the MRC CBU, the post-holder will benefit from becoming a member of the Cambridge Hearing Group and Cambridge Neuroscience community. The multidisciplinary nature of the research provides many opportunities for developing the foundations to kickstart a research career. The successful applicant will be supported in their career development with a range of formal courses and on-the-job training. A Research Assistant appointment will be made for candidates with a BSc or MSc in a relevant subject.

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit is one of the largest and most enduring contributors to the understanding of human cognition and its disorders. Our research investigates fundamental human cognitive processes such as attention, language, memory, and emotion. We do this using a combination of behavioural experiments, neuroimaging, and computer modelling. Behavioural experiments help us understand how these processes work at all ages and how they become disrupted in disease and disorder. Neuroimaging helps us study the brain mechanisms underlying human cognition. Where possible, we use our discoveries to improve human health and well-being from childhood through to older age, for example by developing new treatments for clinical disorders of cognition and mental health. The Unit provides a lively intellectual environment for scientific research, with regular lecture and seminar series and research meetings. We have about 15 core research programmes, each run by a senior scientist.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Closing Date: 31st January 2023 Interview Date: To be confirmed

For informal queries about the vacancy please contact Dr Tobias Goehring

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Job Category: Research Scientist
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: UK