UCL Institute of Neurology – Sobell Department for Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders
|Salary:||£30,316 to £31,967 per annum, including London Allowance|
|Placed on:||26th January 2018|
|Closes:||9th February 2018|
Applications are invited for a Research Assistant in the Sobell Department, UCL Institute of Neurology. The post is funded by a Brain Research UK project awarded to Professor Sven Bestmann and Professor Nick Ward: Re-opening the critical period for plasticity after stroke with dose-controlled non-invasive brain stimulation.
The successful candidate will join a research group investigating motor recovery in stroke patients with upper limb impairment. Improving long-term outcomes in these patients by enhancing the effect of behavioural stroke therapies is an important clinical and scientific goal of high priority. Non-invasive brain stimulation, in particular transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), is thought to enhance behavioural stroke therapies through its capacity for promoting plasticity and relearning of motor ability.
The project will use state-of-the-art techniques including current flow modelling and human electrophysiology to identify reliable physiological biomarkers for the impact of tDCS in stroke patients with upper limb impairment. This will provide critical proof-of-principle physiological assessment whether tDCS can re-open the residual functional architecture in chronic stroke patients. Such demonstration will provide decisive for exploiting the capacity of tDCS to enhance learning after stroke.
Applicants must have a BSc/MSc or equivalent degree in Neuroscience or related area (or be close to obtaining) and must demonstrate expertise in one of the following: expertise in non-invasive brain stimulation, motor learning and motor control, and/or stroke rehabilitation. Expertise in working with, and programming in, Matlab or Python, is highly desired and appointees will be expected to work with these software platforms. Good mathematical and statistical skills, strong English writing and communication skills, and an ability to work independently and as part of a team are also essential. The post holder will be encouraged to pursue a PhD.
The post is available from 1st April 2018 to 31st March 2019 in the first instance and is funded by Brain Research UK. Starting salary is on UCL Grade 6B which ranges from £30,316 to £31,967 pa including London Allowance, superannuable.
You should apply for this post through UCL’s online recruitment – http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/jobs where you can download a job description and person specification using ref: 1710107
If you have any queries regarding the application process, please contact Oksana Shapoval, HR Officer, Institute of Neurology, 23 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3BG (email: IoN.HRAdmin@ucl.ac.uk).
Closing date: 9 February 2018