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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Diagnostic Objective Measures for Hearing Device Users

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre is part of the NIHR and hosted by Cambridge University Hospitals in partnership with the University of Cambridge to deliver ground-breaking research that benefits patients. This position is funded by the Devices and Advanced Therapies theme which aims to fast-track patient access to new treatments and technologies.

Applications are invited for a research associate position to advance diagnostic objective measures of hearing acuity for deaf children and adults using hearing devices. The research will involve developing near-field infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) and electro-encephalology (EEG) measurements and the analysis of the responses. The applicant would be expected to present the research at conferences and prepare and publish journal articles as well as participating in public engagement and patient involvement activities.

The successful candidate will have experience in collecting either fNIRS or EEG data from people with hearing loss. Experience in data analysis with either or both approaches. It would be beneficial if the applicant had experience of analysing responses from different stimulus types e.g. auditory, visual or listening effort tasks and experience of working with both children and adults. Any experience with source analysis or using device registration or magnetic resonance images will also be valuable.

We are looking for an enthusiastic post-doctoral researcher to help drive forward our diagnostic work in this area. The candidate will have completed or near to completion of a PhD in a related field.

For questions relating to the post, please contact Dr Deborah Vickers at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 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 children and adults' barred lists). This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £31,411) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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.

Please quote reference ZE36901 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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