Research Assistant in Clinical Aspects of Consciousness Science Ref 2560

School/department: Brighton and Sussex Medical School 
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1.0 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term until 31 December 2020
Reference: 2560
Salary: starting at £30,046 and rising to £33,797 per annum
Placed on: 21 October 2019 
Closing date: 18 November 2019.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected start date: 1 January 2020

Job description  

  • Applications are invited for a highly motivated graduate to work as a Research Assistant within the Sackler Centre of Consciousness Science at the University of Sussex and Brighton and Sussex Medical School. 
  • The successful applicant will provide technical and research support on clinical projects led by Professor Hugo Critchley Chair in Psychiatry, and colleagues. 
  • The successful applicant will have technical and research skills at an appropriate level of qualification, with ambition to support and pursue high quality research in the neuroscience of consciousness. Previous experience in research governance processes, conducting clinical research, and familiarity with physiological recording equipment is highly desirable. 
  • Candidates are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the research activity undertaken by Prof Critchley and colleagues at the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science - Informal enquiries about the post should be directed to Prof Hugo Critchley (

Role-specific information

The Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, through Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS), seeks to appoint a Research Assistant scientist to the Psychiatry group over an initial a 1-year fixed term.  The post-holder will work with other team members on human experimental research that examines the neurobiological and psychological underpinnings of consciousness, and disorders of consciousness. The post provides an outstanding opportunity to develop research experience and skills in techniques including psychological testing, autonomic psychophysiology, combined brain stimulation / electroencephalography (TMS-EEG), and neuroimaging with MRI.  The post-holder will join a vibrant research environment within BSMS Psychiatry and the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. She/he will be located at the University of Sussex Campus at Falmer.

The successful applicant will be expected to have computational, technical, statistical and administrative skills applicable to human neuroscience and clinical experimental research.  Applicants must have strong interpersonal skills to facilitate interaction with patient groups, carers and clinicians. Established technical skills including previous experience with physiological monitoring is highly desirable. Experience with working with patients is also desirable, particularly if relevant to people accessing neurological or mental health services. 

The post-holder will work according an agreed plan to support the developing range of patient-focused research taking place through the Sackler Centre of Consciousness Science in collaboration with researchers in the Schools of Informatics and Psychology (University of Sussex) and clinical and research Staff within Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

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How to apply

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