Postdoctoral Position – Crossmodal plasticity and cognition

Applications are invited for the post of Senior Research Associate in the School of Psychology, University of East Anglia, to work with Dr. Velia Cardin ( The aim of the project is to understand the influence of early sensory experience on the organisation of cognitive processes in the human brain. To this aim, the project will investigate cortical plasticity as a consequence of early or congenital deafness using functional neuroimaging techniques.


The successful applicant will be involved in the design and implementation of fMRI studies, data acquisition and analysis, preparation of results for publication, and preparation of data for preservation and sharing. They will be supported at all times to further develop their career and skills, encouraging them to take the initiative in development of research projects, present results to specialist and non-specialist audiences, and acquire new research-related and transferable skills, such as the knowledge of British Sign Language.


Applicants should hold or expect shortly to hold a PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biomedicine, Computer Science or a related discipline or equivalent qualification and be able to satisfy all the essential criteria outlined in the person specification.


Desirable skills include:

  • Previous experience working with deaf and hearing colleagues
  • Conducting research with populations of deaf individuals
  • Knowledge of British Sign Language or another sign language
  • Previous research on deafness, crossmodal plasticity, working memory or executive function
  • Experience setting up somatosensory and visual experiments in MRI environments
  • Advanced knowledge of multi-voxel pattern analysis


The post is available from 2 October 2017 or as soon as possible thereafter on a full-time, fixed term contract to 30 September 2020.


The post is subject to a criminal records check at enhanced level from the Disclosure and Barring Service.


Closing Date: 12 noon on 23 June 2017.


For informal enquiries, please contact: Dr. Velia Cardin


More information can be found in the following links:

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