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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

A position is available for a postdoctoral scientist to work on a project entitled "A multi-disciplinary approach to understanding and improving hearing by cochlear implant users", led by Dr R. Carlyon, Prof J. Middlebrooks, and Dr. J. Wouters. The position is funded by a Collaborative Award in Science from the Wellcome Trust and will be based at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge.

The project involves a combination of direct-stimulation psychophysical measurements, electrophysiological recordings, and computational analysis of results. Computer programming skills are essential. The job will involve programming in Matlab, calibrating cochlear-implant (CI) stimuli, and performing direct stimulation experiments with CIs. Experience in these roles is therefore desirable. The post-holder will have a degree (or equivalent) in a numerate or auditory discipline, and will hold or be about to obtain a Ph.D. (or equivalent) in a relevant field. The role involves liaising with clinical staff at Addenbrooke's hospital and with patients, and so the post-holder will need good interpersonal skills. The role also involves collaborating with the teams led by Prof. Middlebrooks (Univ. California, U.S.A.) and Prof. Wouters (Univ. Leuven, Belgium); this will include regular meetings and short exchange visits to California and Leuven. There is plenty of scope for the post-holder to contribute their own ideas and development. Informal enquiries can be made to Dr. Carlyon (

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

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

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 4th March 2018 and interviews are yet to be confirmed.

Please quote reference SU14665 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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