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Research Fellow in Neurorehabilitation

Are you an ambitious researcher looking for your next challenge? Do you have an established background in Motor Control and/or Neurorehabilitation? Do you want to further your career in one of the UKs leading research intensive Universities?

This International Spinal Research Trust funded position is available for a fixed term of 24 months, to investigate how transcutaneous electrical stimulation of the spinal cord can be combined with conventional therapy, to help recover arm and hand function following an injury, to the cervical region of the spinal cord. You will work alongside a team of experts in motor control, academic clinicians, occupational therapists, and psychologists supervised by Dr Sarah Astill and Dr Ronaldo Ichiyama. This truly innovative project, will be the first in the UK, to examine the efficacy of using transcutaneous electrical stimulation for patients with a chronic cervical spinal cord injury. 

We are looking for highly motivated individuals, with a strong interest in motor control/behavioural neuroscience, spinal cord injuries and non-invasive neurostimulation. You should have a PhD (or be close to completion) in Neurosciences, Physiology, Sports and Exercise Sciences or a closely allied discipline, with some experience in surface electromyography, and/or non-invasive neurostimulation. Experience in techniques such as kinematic analysis, use of clinical/functional tests to assess arm and hand function, and work with people with an arm/hand impairment and/or a neurological disorder are also desirable.

The University of Leeds and the Faculty of Biological Sciences are committed to providing equal opportunities for all and offer a range of family friendly policies. The University is a charter member of Athena SWAN (the national body that promotes gender equality in higher education), and the Faculty of Biological Sciences was reawarded a Bronze award in 2017.  We are proud to be an inclusive Faculty that values all staff, and are happy to consider job share applications and requests for flexible working arrangements from our employees. Our Athena SWAN webpage provides more information. 

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact:

Dr Sarah Astill, Associate Professor in Motor Control  

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 7267, email:  

Dr Ronaldo Ichiyama, Associate Professor in Motor Control  

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 4291, email: 


Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Biological Sciences
School/Institute:  School of Biomedical Sciences
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £33,199 to £39,609 p.a.
Due to funding limitations it is unlikely an appointment will be made above £33,199
Working Time:  100%
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (24 months - Due to external funding)
Release Date:  Thursday 18 July 2019
Closing Date:  Saturday 17 August 2019
Reference:  FBSBM1124
Downloads:  Candidate Brief  

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