Research Associate Neurophysiological Correlates of Visual Attention

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Job Description

We are deeply proud of our academic community. Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is a diverse and dynamic learning environment, defined by a shared sense of respect for all its people. Our mission is to be bold, to do the right things and to change lives, and our academics are key to realising those goals. Their work continues to reinforce our credentials as an award-winning university, and a research centre of excellence.

Our continued success — underpinned by the number of prestigious national awards we’ve won — has hinged on two commitments: forging excellent partnerships around the world and harnessing the talents of all our people. We secured a ‘Gold’ rating in the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework; received the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for our pioneering research; and in 2018, we were the first UK university to sign the Social Mobility Pledge, further demonstrating our commitment to ensuring ‘success for all’. NTU is a university at the peak of its powers, but we know we can still go even further. That’s why we’re now looking for new, passionate, ambitious people to join our community.

Applications are invited for the above Bial Foundation funded project ‘Age-related Changes To Asynchronous Interference During Motor-cognitive Dual Tasking’, based at NTU Psychology, led by Prof Suvo Mitra and Dr Christina Howard.

Under the supervision and mentorship of the principal investigators, and with the assistance of an EEG lab technician, the post holder will handle the day-to-day work of implementing this research project on the age-related changes that occur in dual-tasking tradeoffs when attention and executive function tasks are performed alongside continuous visuo-motor tasks. Healthy young (< 30 yrs) and older adults (> 60 yrs) will perform a visual oddball task alongside a visuomotor tracking task. Behavioural and high-density EEG data will be collected. ERP and time-frequency analyses of EEG will map the timing, direction and type of interference between the two tasks’ operations.

Data will be collected using NTU Psychology’s BioSemi ActiveTwo EEG system and analysed using EEGLAB and custom MATLAB scripts written/modified by the postholder.

The successful candidate will take part in all aspects of the research process, including reviewing relevant literature, data collection and analysis, report writing and dissemination. Experience in EEG recording or in the conduct of other careful physiological or behavioural experimentation is desirable, as are computer programming and writing skills. This one-year post will be an ideal opportunity for anyone from neuroscience, psychology, computer engineering or another relevant field who wishes to develop their skills in neuroscience and psychology.

Nottingham Trent University has one of the largest academic units of Psychology in the UK with over 100 academic staff. It has an excellent reputation for its theoretical and applied research. Psychology has a lively and friendly community of experimental and applied psychologists and provides a varied portfolio of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Interview Date: Week commencing September 13, 2021.

Please upload a current CV and a statement of your research interests with your application.

If you have any queries about this role, please contact Professor Suvo Mitra (

NTU prides itself on being an inclusive employer. We value and celebrate equality in opportunities, and we welcome applications from people who reflect the diversity of our communities.

This role is open to non-UK/Irish applicants subject to current UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) rules. Please ensure that you have the appropriate right to work in the UK for this role and consult the Home Office website for further information.

We’re proud of how far we’ve come. With a shared vision, we are a community of more than 4,000 colleagues, all committed to our goal of becoming ‘the university of the future’. Do you have the passion to help us to go even further?

Please note that this role is covered by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and successful applicants will be asked to declare any unspent criminal convictions. ​​​​​​​

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