Current Vacancies

Scottish Section Director - Scientific Programme Leader

Location: Glasgow
Salary: £48,658 ‐ £71,578 per annum  MRC Band 2
Hours: Full-time
Contract: Open-ended
Placed: 18/02/2015
Closing Date: 31/03/2015
Interview Date: To be confirmed

This is an exciting opportunity to become Director of the MRC/CSO Scottish Section of the MRC Institute of Hearing Research (IHR). The Scottish Section is currently one of IHR’s largest research groups, conducting applied research on hearing losses and hearing aids in older adults. An innovative researcher is sought to be responsible for directing the research of the Scottish Section, through leadership of your own projects and oversight of the group’s research portfolio. You will be expected to develop links with overlapping and complementary programmes, and to have a strong interest in the potential of basic research to generate translational benefits and will have the opportunity to play a major role in the long-term scientific and strategic direction of IHR.

IHR, with its headquarters in Nottingham, is the MRC’s national investment in hearing research, and one of only a handful of centres around the world that delivers interdisciplinary research on hearing. Its science covers a wide portfolio of auditory science from fundamental neuroanatomy to the quality of life experienced by a patient, conducted by research staff with expertise in neuroscience, psychology, acoustics, and medicine. IHR has a track record of developing many of the leaders in UK hearing science who have at some point in their careers worked there, and with the appointment of a new Director, Dr Michael Akeroyd, IHR is looking forward to a long-term future.

The Scottish Section is based in new custom-built experimental facilities in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. The labs, opened in January 2014, have two large doublewalled chambers, each equipped with arrays of 24 loudspeakers and motion-tracking equipment, and two medium-sized chambers for audiological and headphone work. These allow the testing and measuring of listening in complex environments, recreating the acoustics of any situation while tracking how people move as they listen. The Section is fully equipped with sound presentation, audiological, calibration, and hearing-aid measurement software and equipment. The Section currently has 15 staff, including clinical and non-clinical scientists, PhD students and support staff, with the capacity for further expansion. There are strong scientific links with four of the local Universities (Glasgow, Strathclyde, Glasgow Caledonian, and West of Scotland).

The MRC is a unique working environment where researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities. You will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to an array of other employee benefits.



For an informal discussion about this post, please contact Dr Michael Akeroyd (Director-Elect, MRC IHR) at

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The closing date for applications is 31st March 2015.