Bookmark and Share

This article is in the news archive.

Research Lab Tech position available in Professor Wolpert's group

Research Laboratory Technician Position

Human Movement Group,
Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge

The official advert for this position can be found here

The closing date for applications is 11 April 2014

Applications are invited for the post of Research Laboratory Technician in Professor Daniel Wolpert’s group which studies how humans learn to make skilled movements. The research involves experimental studies on human volunteers using techniques that include robotic interfaces and virtual reality. Details of our research can be viewed in the following TED talk

Although based in the Department of Engineering, the work in the group is similar to psychology / cognitive neuroscience research.

The appointee will have the opportunity to develop and exercise a variety of scientific and technical skills. S/he will facilitate research within the group, assisting with maintenance of the lab environment and equipment, recruiting and running experimental participants and analysing data. The post would suit someone who has a range of practical skills including experience in some of the following: behavioural experiments with humans, computer programming, data acquisition and analysis, electro-mechanical construction.

Excellent interpersonal and organizational skills are essential, alongside the ability to work independently. Candidates must have excellent computer literacy, a willingness and ability to learn new methodologies and strong communication skills.

Applicants should have a science or engineering degree and ideally previous experience working in a research environment.

The post is available for 1 year in the first instance. Starting salary will be in the range £24,289 to £27,318 p. a. depending on qualifications and experience.

Laboratory facilities

Professor Wolpert's laboratory is designed for the study of arm and hand movements. The laboratory is currently equipped with

Robotic systems

  • Multiple custom-built and commercial two and three degrees-of-freedom robotic systems

Motion analysis systems

  • Optotrak infrared motion tracking system
  • Electromagnetic Polhemus tracking systems
  • Eyelink eye tracker
  • 6-axis force transducers
  • Accelerometers
  • Goniometers

Visual display systems

  • Stereoscopic visual display systems.
  • Virtual reality systems

Physiological recording/stimulation

  • Muscle Electromyography (EMG)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation

For some further details see here

The Group

The group consists of between 6 and 10 researchers at various levels of training, from MSc and PhD students to postdoctoral fellows

Salary and tenure

The post is available now, for 1 years in the first instance. Starting salary will be in the range £24,049 to 27,047 pa depending on qualifications and experience. Applications must have permission to work in the UK

Pre-employment Check Requirements

The University has a legal responsibility to ensure that all new employees evidence eligibility to work in the UK before commencing their employment. Any offer of employment we make to you will be conditional upon you gaining legal permission to work in the UK if you do not have this already. Please see the Right to Work page within the ‘Applying for a job’ section of the University’s Job Opportunities pages (found at for further information.

Application Process

To apply for this vacancy, please see the official advert whic can be found here

The Department of Engineering

The Department of Engineering has a world-wide reputation for first-class academic research with a 5* RAE rating. It is the largest department in the University (accounting for 10% of the University) and encompasses a huge diversity and variety of activities. The Department has six academic divisions (each equivalent to a small or medium sized department).

Benefits of Working at the University

The University of Cambridge comprises more than 150 departments, faculties, schools and other institutions, plus a central administration and 31 independent and autonomous colleges. It is one of the world’s oldest and most successful Universities, with an outstanding reputation for academic achievement and research. With excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating and attractive environment, the University of Cambridge is a great place to work. Our employees are eligible for a wide range of competitive benefits and services. We give them access to numerous discounts on shopping, health care, financial services and public transport. We also offer final salary pensions and tax-efficient bicycle and car lease schemes. We have two nurseries and a holiday play scheme to help support those with childcare responsibilities and we offer various types of family-friendly leave to aid employees’ work-life balance. In addition, our staff have generous annual leave entitlement and we operate a number of initiatives to promote career development, health and well-being.

Equality of Opportunity at the University

The University of Cambridge is committed to a proactive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture and values diversity. Entry into employment with the University is determined by personal merit and by the application of criteria required for the post. No applicant for an appointment or member of staff will be treated less favourably than another on the grounds of sex (including gender reassignment), marital or parental status, race, ethnic or national origin, colour, disability (including HIV status), sexual orientation, religion, age or socio-economic factors. The University has various diversity networks which help it to progress equality; these include the Women’s Staff Network, the Disabled Staff Network, the Black and Minority Ethnic Staff Network and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Staff Network. In addition, the University was ranked in the top 100 employers for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) staff in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index 2011.

Information if you have a Disability

The University welcomes applications from individuals with disabilities and is committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. Adjustments will be made, wherever reasonable to do so, to enable applicants to compete to the best of their ability and, if successful, to assist them during their employment. We encourage applicants to declare their disabilities in order that any special arrangements, particularly for the selection process, can be accommodated. Applicants or employees can declare a disability at any time. Applicants wishing to discuss any special arrangements connected with their disability can, at any point in the recruitment process, contact The HR Office who are responsible for recruitment to this position, on 01223 748225 or by email on Alternatively, applicants can contact the HR Business Manager responsible for the department they are applying to via

Posted on 26/03/2014

Further news

Go to the news index page.