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Cambridge Language Sciences

Interdisciplinary Research Centre

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned research institute with state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience facilities, a hearing laboratory, and a dedicated developmental research clinic. We are looking to recruit two full-time Research Associate's to join the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences unit in the University of Cambridge.

Semantic and language deficits are observed following stroke and in various forms of primary progressive aphasia. Utilising and developing cutting-edge approaches, two postdoctoral posts will tackle different research targets in order to improve our understanding the cognitive, neural and computational bases of both healthy and impaired semantic and language functions (supported by grants from the MRC and ERC to Prof. Matt Lambon Ralph). Both post-holders will be based at the world-leading MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge.

The post-holders should have completed or be about to complete a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (or related degree), a track record of research in this topic area, a proven ability to publish high quality papers, delivery research projects involving data from both healthy participants and neurological patients. One post-holder will have a track record in analysing large patient datasets using advanced statistical techniques. This post will also have the opportunity to develop formal computational models of patient data and to analyse cortical electrode data (together with collaborators in Japan and the USA). Based on a strong track record, the other post-holder will focus on utilising the CBU's new transcranial magnetic stimulation equipment in combination with functional neuroimaging to explore the behavioural and neural effects of TMS, and compare these to the changes observed in patients.

Both post-holders will work directly with Matt Lambon Ralph, his research team and international collaborators. Both will be encouraged to develop their own research directions and fellowship applications. The roles will require: advanced experimental design and analysis, excellent project management skills, the ability to work independently and collaboratively, being able to manage parallel demands, and effective communication skills with collaborators, clinicians, patients and their families.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Closing date: 20 October 2019

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What we do

Cambridge Language Sciences is an Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Our virtual network connects researchers from five schools across the university as well as other world-leading research institutions. Our aim is to strengthen research collaborations and knowledge transfer across disciplines in order to address large-scale multi-disciplinary research challenges relating to language research.