Research Assistant in fMRI


College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, Deanery of Clinical Sciences/Edinburgh Imaging.

We are looking for a Research Associate in functional MRI. This post will support fMRI research including the design of new studies, support of ongoing studies and paradigm development via management of fMRI-specific equipment and process e.g. dedicated fMRI stimulus presentation, recording devices and fMRI compatible EEG.

This is a part time (17.5 hours per week), fixed term role for 24 months.

Salary is £33,797 - £40,322 per annum, pro rata.

The opportunity

This post will support fMRI imaging research including the design of new studies, support of ongoing studies, paradigm development and optimisation, data analysis and interpretation using Edinburgh Imaging facilities. The post will manage fMRI specific equipment, including dedicated fMRI stimulus presentation and recording devices and fMRI compatible EEG. The post will;

provide appropriate training of other researchers and staff support clinical fMRI including acquisition, timely data processing and analysis for the NHS Lothian Department of Clinical Neurosciences participate in and promote fMRI locally within Edinburgh Imaging and related Academic Centres Assist researchers in applications for external grant funding for fMRI studies. The postholder with work with members of Edinburgh Imaging, local UoE researchers and external research imaging groups under the supervision of senior academic and technical staff.

Your skills and attributes for success



A good undergraduate degree in a relevant subject such as neuroscience, psychology, physics, mathematics, engineering or informatics/computer science Desirable

PhD in a relevant discipline Experience


At least one years' experience of conducting functional MRI studies, in a post-graduate or post doctoral context, including design, implementation and analysis. Desirable

Experience of ERP and EEG within the MR environment Knowledge, Skills and Competencies


Experience in fMRI acquisition and analysis and the set up and optimisation of stimulus presentation and recording hardware and interfaces. Experience with computer operating systems, data handling techniques and programming languages appropriate to fMRI. Experience with SPM/Matlab and EPRIME/IFIS or equivalent fMRI tools. Ability to resolve individual project design and acquisition difficulties and analysis problems where required. Personal Attributes


Good interpersonal communication skills and ability to work well in a multidisciplinary team Ability to prioritise and multitask effectively between sites and across several research groups. Good timekeeping skills Rigorous attention to detail and careful documentation of processes, protocols and results Desirable

Ability to contribute/write papers efficiently
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The post holder will work with Professor Scott Semple, Dr Michael Thrippleton and radiographers and other staff in Edinburgh Imaging; and Professor Adam Waldman, Professor Joanna Wardlaw, and relevant members of Neuroimaging research groups in CCBS.

Edinburgh Imaging has around 50 full and part time UoE and NHS staff plus visiting researchers and students. Edinburgh Imaging has three Siemens research MR systems (3T neuro-optimised Prisma, 3T Skyra, and 3T Biograph MR-PET) and extensive image analysis labs based across QMRI and RIE facilities.

Additional Information

Edinburgh Imaging has two facilities based on the BioQuarter (Little France) within the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. These are Edinburgh Imaging Facility (RIE) and Edinburgh Imaging Facility (QMRI). The post is predominately based at the RIE facility but occasionally may require working at the QMRI facility.

The combined list of Edinburgh Imaging modalities includes 3T MRI (x2), PETMR, PETCT (x2), Radiochemistry labs (GMP and R&D) with cyclotron and extensive retinal imaging equipment. These facilities operate under one management team.

Imaging research is dependent on state-of-the-art equipment, combined with the specialist staff to design experiments, operate the equipment and analyse the imaging data. Both facilities house senior academic research staff in the fields of Radiology, Medical Physics, Functional Imaging, Image Processing, Image Analysis and Neuropsychology, as well as post-doctoral researchers working in all aspects of imaging to help support research projects. We are fortunate that our research academics have significant support from a vast array of staff, including research radiographers, nurses, data management experts, IT support and administrative staff.

As a valued member of our team you can expect

An exciting, positive, creative, challenging and rewarding place to work. We give you support, nurture your talent and reward success. You will benefit from a competitive reward package and a wide range of staff benefits, which includes a generous holiday entitlement , a defined benefits pension scheme , staff discounts, family friendly initiatives , flexible working and much more. Access our staff benefits page for further information and use our reward calculator to find out the total value of pay and benefits provided.

The University of Edinburgh holds a Silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our commitment to advance gender equality in higher education. We are members of the Race Equality Charter and we are also Stonewall Scotland Diversity Champions, actively promoting LGBT equality.

If invited to interview you will be required to evidence your right to work in the UK. Further information is available on our right to work web pages.

The University is unable to sponsor the employment of international workers in this role. International applicants will therefore be unable to apply for and secure a Tier 2/Skilled Worker visa. They will only be able to take up this role if they can demonstrate an alternative right to work in the UK.

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