A research assistant position is available to work on a Wellcome Trust funded project that will use MEG functional brain imaging to investigate the neural systems that support auditory change detection in the human brain.


Dr Maria Chait (UCL Ear Institute) and Prof. Tim Griffiths (Newcastle University). The post holder will be based at UCL Ear Institute, and report to Dr Maria Chait. MEG scanning will be carried out at UCL’s Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging.


Initial funding for this post is available for 36 months (salary £27,796 – £29,318 per annum Inclusive of London allowance). There is the possibility (if UCL eligibility criteria are satisfied) to undertake a UCL PhD degree within the context of this research work.

Main duties

  1. Design and execute MEG brain imaging experiments.
  2. Develop MatLab software for running the experiments and for data analysis
  3. Train subjects in preparation for relevant experiments.
  4. Record and analyze imaging data.
  5. Assist in the preparation of manuscripts.

The UCL Ear Institute provides state-of-the-art research facilities across a wide range of disciplines and is one of the foremost centres for hearing, speech and language-related research within Europe. The Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging is a leading centre for brain imaging, bringing together clinicians and scientists who study higher cognitive function using neuroimaging techniques.


Applicants should hold a 1St class, or upper 2nd (or equivalent) bachelor’s degree (masters degree an advantage) in an engineering or scientific subject and have substantial experience in digital signal processing and computer programming. Previous experience with functional brain imaging and/or acoustics is desirable.

Further Details

Application for the post (Ref #: 1174144) through UCL’s online recruitment website.

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