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Research Associate/Senior Research Associate (Imaging) (Fixed Term)


The Department of Psychiatry seeks to appoint a full-time post-doctoral position, to work with Professor John O'Brien and Dr Li Su on MR and PET brain imaging projects in dementia and related disorders. A variety of existing and ongoing datasets are being collected to examine multi-modal MR (together with inflammatory and ligand PET) as novel biomarkers for diagnosis and understanding disease mechanisms in dementia and in those at risk of dementia.

The role will support imaging analysis studies within the Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre Dementia and Neurodegeneration theme. The theme has substantial existing multi-modal data on MR and PET imaging markers of amyloid, tau and inflammation in mild cognitive impairment and dementia, including Lewy body dementia, and within the new Cambridge Centre for PD+ disorders several new prospective imaging studies will be starting this year. The current post will be central to the analysis of data from these studies and would suit both post-doctoral candidates who have recently obtained their PhD in MR or PET imaging, or more senior post-doctoral researchers who wishes to further specialise in this exciting and rapidly developing area, working within a centre of excellence. This post could be available at the Research Associate or Senior Research Associate level, depending on qualifications, expertise and experience, and is available from 1st August 2018 for 36 months in the first instance.

The post holder will be required to work as part of a research team, working closely with Professor John O'Brien and Dr Li Su (ARUK Senior Research Fellow) in Psychiatry, the renowned Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (Dr Guy Williams, Dr Tim Fryer and Professor Franklin Aigbirhio) and the Departments of Clinical Neurosciences (Prof James Rowe) and the Biomedical Research Centre (Professor Roger Barker). They will contribute to the data acquisition and analysis of imaging data from both current and future studies, the supervision of students undertaking research placements and the preparation of grants and manuscripts.

The post offers an excellent opportunity for an enthusiastic and committed imaging scientist in an outstanding and vibrant research environment. Applicants should have a PhD in MR or PET imaging and dementia, or a closely related area. The post holder would be encouraged to develop their own independent area of research, and to seek further independent funding for their work as appropriate.

The post will be appointed at the appropriate point on the University of Cambridge's research associate salary scale, depending on the seniority of the successful candidate.

Informal enquiries regarding the role may be directed to Professor John O'Brien john.obrien@medschl.cam.ac.uk. Or Dr Li Su ls514@cam.ac.uk, or telephone 01223 760682.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 July 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check. 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 Monday 2nd July 2018 and interviews will be held in Cambridge on 11th July 2018.

Please quote reference RN15766 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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