Research Associate (Univesity of Leicester)

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
3 Dec 2019
£34,189 to £39,609 per annum
Fixed-term/contract, 3 years

Vacancy terms:

Full Time, Fixed Term from 1st December for 3 years

About the role

We are looking for a Research Associate in Neuroscience to join us at the Centre for Systems Neuroscience, College of Life Sciences. 

You will develop and carry out your own research whilst contributing as a team member to a wider research programme (‘Memory formation in the human medial temporal lobe’). 

The project will investigate concept representations in the human hippocampus, by studying concept cells (a.k.a. Jennifer Aniston neurons) – that means, neurons that selectively fire to specific concepts, such as different pictures and the written or spoken name of a particular person (see e.g. Quian Quiroga et al, Nature 2005; Quian Quiroga Nature Reviews Neuroscience 2012; Quian Quiroga et al, Scientific American 2013).

You will contribute to the recording and analysis of local field potentials and multiple single-neurons in epileptic patients (implanted with intracranial electrodes for clinical reasons) while the patients perform different cognitive tasks; you will also contribute to the analysis of the collected data for publication in international journals. Recordings will be performed in hospitals collaborating on the project.

About you

To be successful in this role you will hold an honours degree or significant relevant experience and a PhD - or be close to completion in a relevant area. You will have experience in neuroscience, data processing and programming (especially in Matlab) and a strong interest in this research area.  

You will also have experience with computer simulations and neurophysiology recordings as well as being able to demonstrate your research productivity across your career. You'll be a strong communicator with excellent interpersonal skills, being able to work comfortably both in a team and independently. You will be able to work with minimal supervision, prioritising your own workload to deal with urgent tasks, while maintaining a high standard of accuracy and attention to detail.  

For more information on the role and its responsibilities please see the Job Summary Form here, where you can also submit your application.

Further Information

Leicester is a leading University committed to international excellence, world-changing research and high quality, inspirational teaching. We are strongly committed to inclusivity, promoting equality and celebrating diversity among our staff and students. You will develop your career in a supportive and collaborative academic environment in one of the world’s leading research-intensive universities; elite in the excellence of our research, yet distinctive for the genuine synergy between our research and teaching.

In return for your hard work, we offer a working environment that is committed to inclusivity, through promoting equality and valuing diversity. We offer a competitive salary package with an excellent pension scheme and a generous annual leave allowance. Located close to Leicester city centre, our award winning campus benefits from a wide range of cafes, a fully equipped sports centre and nursery facilities. Further information regarding our extensive range of staff benefits is available here.

Contact Details

Informal enquiries are welcome and can be made Dr Paula Warrington on 0116 252 3249 or