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Programme leader position at the MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge


Dear all,


Please see the attached advert, which would be an excellent opportunity for someone who studies hearing, speech, or language from a developmental perspective.




MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit – Cambridge

Programme Leader/Programme Leader Track

Starting salary from £49,145 - (Programme Leader) or £37,024 - £43,520 (Programme Leader Track)

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The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBSU) is an internationally renowned research institute of cognitive neuroscience. Onsite facilities include dedicated MRI and MEG scanners, a hearing laboratory, and the developmental research centre suitable for infants through to older children. The CBSU is also a stakeholder in a clinical research facility and a new 7T ultra high field MRI scanner on the Addenbrooke’s campus in Cambridge. It currently has 14 science programmes in the four research areas of attention and cognitive control, hearing and language, memory and perception, and mental health.


We are seeking to appoint a scientist to direct an innovative research programme linked with the developmental research facility that has recently been established at the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM) at the CBSU. The programme will combine a strong interest in typical and/or atypical cognition during childhood with one of the major areas of research strength at the CBSU. Areas of particular interest include, but are not limited to, language and mental health during development. The programme should meet international criteria for excellence in basic science, and have the potential for translational benefit. The scientific leader would be expected to be an independent researcher with an established track record on research, and to develop collaborative projects with other Unit programmes.


This appointment may be made at either Programme Leader (starting salary from £49,145) or Programme Leader Track (salary £37,024 - £43,520) level.  Applications are sought from scientists in relevant fields with either an outstanding record of scientific achievement (for a Programme Leader post) or at an earlier stage in their research career with a strong developing international reputation (Programme Leader Track post).


Choosing to come to work at the MRC CBSU means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme, 30 days annual leave entitlement, maternity and paternity leave, flexible working arrangements, childcare vouchers, and additionally a salary sacrifice cycle scheme, as well as access to employee/shopping travel discounts.  On site car and bicycle parking is available.  We also provide a wide range of training opportunities to all our staff.


Our success is dependent on our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our staff.  As holders of an Athena SWAN bronze award we are committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As users of the “Two Ticks” disability symbol we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum essential criteria for the post.


For informal queries please contact:

Debbie Davies (Equality & Diversity and HR-related issues, Debbie.Davies@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)

Susan Gathercole (job specification and science queries, Susan.Gathercole@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx)


For full details of this post and to complete an online application form visit https://mrc.tal.net/vx/lang-en-GB/mobile-0/appcentre-1/brand-3/user-19/xf-758af78b2753/wid-1/candidate/so/pm/4/pl/1/opp/163-Programme-Leader-Programme-Leader-Track-MRC-Cognition-and-Brain-Sciences-Unit-163/en-GB and upload your CV along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for the post.




Closing date: 16th May 2016


Interview date: to be confirmed


This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer




Dr. Bob Carlyon

Deputy Director

MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit

15 Chaucer Rd.

Cambridge CB2 7EF


Tel: +44 (0)1223 355294

Fax: +44 (0)1223 359062


See also the

Cambridge Hearing Group