Research Laboratory Technician Position
Human Movement Group
, Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
The official advert for this position can be found here
The closing date for applications is 11 April 2014
Applications are invited for the post of Research Laboratory Technician in Professor Daniel Wolpert’s group which studies how humans learn to make skilled movements. The research involves experimental studies on human volunteers using techniques that include robotic interfaces and virtual reality. Details of our research can be viewed in the following TED talk
Although based in the Department of Engineering, the work in the group is similar to psychology / cognitive neuroscience research.
The appointee will have the opportunity to develop and exercise a variety of scientific and technical skills. S/he will facilitate research within the group, assisting with maintenance of the lab environment and equipment, recruiting and running experimental participants and analysing data. The post would suit someone who has a range of practical skills including experience in some of the following: behavioural experiments with humans, computer programming, data acquisition and analysis, electro-mechanical construction.
Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are essential, alongside the ability to work independently. Candidates must have excellent computer literacy, a willingness and ability to learn new methodologies and strong communication skills.
Applicants should have a science or engineering degree and ideally previous experience working in a research environment.
The post is available for 1 year in the first instance. Starting salary will be in the range £24,289 to £27,318 p. a. depending on qualifications and experience.
Professor Wolpert's laboratory is designed for the study of arm and hand movements. The laboratory is currently equipped with
- Multiple custom-built and commercial two and three degrees-of-freedom robotic systems
Motion analysis systems
- Optotrak infrared motion tracking system
- Electromagnetic Polhemus tracking systems
- Eyelink eye tracker
- 6-axis force transducers
Visual display systems
- Stereoscopic visual display systems.
- Virtual reality systems
- Muscle Electromyography (EMG)
- Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
For some further details see here
The group consists of between 6 and 10 researchers at various levels of training, from MSc and PhD students to postdoctoral fellows
Salary and tenure
The post is available now, for 1 years in the first instance. Starting salary will be in the range £24,049 to 27,047 pa depending on qualifications and experience. Applications must have permission to work in the UK
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