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We are seeking a research assistant to work closely with two labs, lead by Prof. Kevin Murphy and Dr.Lucy Hiscox, on research programmes funded by Wellcome Trust.

The role

You will be involved in neuroimaging studies of the cerebrovasculature that assess the health of the brain’s blood vessels and their deterioration with age and disease. You will also work on studies quantifying the mechanical properties of the brain and how tissue softening may contribute to neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer’s disease. You would be expected to help recruit participants, to guide them through studies, to assist with the running of MRI scans and cognitive assessments, and to perform some preliminary analyses on the resulting data. This is an excellent opportunity for a promising researcher to gain experience in neuroimaging studies. Applicants from a diverse set of related academic backgrounds are welcome: psychology, neuroscience, biology, physics, etc.

This post is part of an exciting collaboration between the School of Physics and Astronomy and the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC), which is housed in the School of Psychology. CUBRIC is world-renowned for combining cutting-edge neuroimaging and sophisticated physiological measurements to investigate cerebral physiology. Recently, CUBRIC has expanded into a new £44m building. The cutting-edge facilities include two 3T high-end research MRI systems, a 3T microstructure (ultra-high gradient) MRI system, 7T human MRI, ultra-low field MRI, MEG, EEG, TMS, tDCS, NIRS, a high performance computing cluster and a clinical research facility. The post represents a great opportunity to work at a world-class imaging facility and to help shape the collaboration between the School of Physics and Astronomy , the School of Psychology and CUBRIC.

The post is available full-time for 12 months.

Main function

To contribute to research within the area of neuroimaging, carrying out supporting work, such as recruitment of participants and assisting in running neuroimaging scanning sessions, that helps lead to the publication of high-quality research. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main duties and responsibilities


  • To provide support in research activities and experiments for more senior colleagues
  • To undertake research, e.g. by planning, preparing, setting up, conducting and recording the outcome of neuroimaging and behavioural experiments.
  • To lead in the recruitment of participants for neuroimaging studies
  • Actively participate within the research group, communicating and presenting research at meetings, ensuring information is communicated to internal and external partners
  • To contribute to research publications, presentations and funding bids as required
  • To analyse and communicate complex ideas, concepts and data using appropriate methods and packages
  • To resolve issues and support colleagues in devising procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting
  • To generate research output and contribute to the development of independent and original ideas as appropriate
  • To maintain and update area of specialist knowledge, researching and critically appraising relevant literature within the area.
  • To provide support in research activities for undergraduate courses and research programmes and provide guidance to other members of staff within the research team


  • To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate and which will enhance performance.
  • To participate in School/Centre administration and activities to promote the School/Centre and its work to the wider University and the outside world
  • To ensure that an understanding of the importance of confidentiality is applied when undertaking all duties
  • To abide by the University policies on Health and Safety and Equality and Diversity
  • Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person specification

Essential criteria

Qualifications and education

  • A degree in a relevant discipline, or equivalent experience

Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques within neuroimaging or a related field such as psychology, neuroscience, biology, physics, etc.
  • Proven ability to analyse complex information and summarise appropriately
  • Ability to demonstrate the capability and drive to succeed in securing research funding

Communication and team working

  • Proven communication skills, including presentation to various audiences
  • Excellent organisational and team-working skills


  1. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and teamworking within work

Desirable criteria

  • Relevant professional qualification(s)
  • Understanding of cerebral/vascular physiology
  • Proven ability to work without close supervision
  • Experience recruiting participants for experiments
  • Experience with participant management during experiments
  • Phlebotomy experience