We are always interested in hearing from potential candidates and candidates with their own funding are also encouraged to apply.

CTN supports the Career Development of Early Career Researchers (ECRs). Postdoc scientists, PhD and project students have opportunities to work with our world-leading partners and collaborators at their institutions. See more information on the Faculty of Medical Sciences Research Career Development 

  • Research Assistant/Research Technician (The Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, UK)

We are seeking to appoint a highly motivated and experienced Research Technician/Research Assistant to join our team. The ideal candidate will have a strong passion for advancing medical research and the understanding of animal welfare, and will be able to provide research support and assistance, as well as excellent care and training for nonhuman primates.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience: 

• An understanding of the regulatory requirements to work with nonhuman primates 
• Experience of working with Office Suite and database. 
• Well-developed organisational and communication skills to meet deadlines with a positive and proactive approach to duties and attention to detail 
• Excellent oral and written communication skills 
• Excellent interpersonal skills to interface with staff and students 
• Ability to work in a fast-paced and demanding research environment
• Experience of working with animals in research settings. Experience in a range of neuroscience techniques, including neurophysiology, fMRI, computer programming or histological processing is desirable. 


Candidates who have a Master’s degree in Neuroscience, Animal Welfare or related discipline and/or have interests in pursuing a related PhD program are desirable.

Further enquiries should be sent to Dr Yuki Kikuchi.

  • Post-doctoral Scientist (The Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa, USA)

Our partner, the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Iowa, is seeking to appoint an outstanding post-doctoral scientist to advance the understanding of human brain networks relying on cutting-edge intracranial recording and structural and effective connectivity studies.

About the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC):

We work with neurosurgery patients at the renowned University of Iowa Department of Neurosurgery, to study Neuronal networks and connectivity directly from the human brain. The goal of our neurosurgery patient research is to directly assist medical science by providing timely insights on neuronal mechanisms, circuits and networks that support cognition and emotion.

We use cutting-edge approaches and analytics, including combined electrical stimulation and functional MRI, electrical tractography and single neuron studies of neural systems for cognition and emotion. To understand the causality of the neural system, we use electrical stimulation combined with neurophysiological and neuroimaging approaches to unravel fundamental neural mechanisms of how the brain works using cutting-edge analytical approaches.

The role:

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding analytically strong post-doctoral researcher at a level commensurate with experience. The role will involve working closely with key neurosurgery clinicians on innovative data acquisition, analytics and technical and discovery paper publication. The role will also involve curating unique large data and building and deploying analytical tools.

Candidates for this position should have a strong academic track record, proven advanced analytical skills and relevant experience with neurophysiological/MRI signal processing, ideally with patients. The candidate should be highly capable to work with patients and research teams, often in the operating room, have an eye for detail and an ability to work well independently to achieve goals and as part of the team. Strong advanced analytical, statistical and signal processing skills are essential.

Supervisory team: 

Prof Hiroyuki Oya, Dr Sukhbinder Kumar, Dr Mario Zanaty & Matthew Howard III (University of Iowa).

We have a strong academic track record of scientific discoveries: Rocchi, Oya et al. & Petkov, Neuron 2021; Castellucchi et al., Nature 2022; Sawada et al., Nature Communications 2022.

Closing date:

October 1st, 2023. Applications will be considered as they are submitted until the position is filled.

How to Apply:

Please submit a cover letter, CV and the contact information of at least three individuals who can be contacted to provide professional references. The cover letter should state how your interests and experience relate to the position. Send your application documents to Prof Hiroyuki Oya ( and include ‘University of Iowa – Analytics Position’ in the subject field.

  • PhD student (The Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, UK)

FMS funded project for "Neural circuits for auditory social cognition in primates" (Closing Date: 1 November 2023)

  • PhD student (Uni. of Liverpool & Newcastle University, UK)

BBSRC Doctoral Training project for "Brain rhythms that serve as the 'binder' for memory and concept formation" (joint with Dr Biau Emmanuel, Uni. of Liverpool)

  • Research Associate/ Research Assistant (The Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, UK)

MRC-funded 4-year project on "Neuronal Circuit for Perceptual Inference" (position filled)


Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits, a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you. The candidate will have opportunities to work with cutting-edge research and will be able to advance their career development in a collaborative and supportive work environment.

Further enquiries should be sent to Dr Yuki Kikuchi (