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Research Assistant in Psychology & Child Mental Health - Wellcome Trust

The Applied Social Science Group is headed by Dr Robbie Duschinsky, who holds an Investigator Award from the Wellcome Trust for study of family mental health and infant attachment. The Award supports major collaborations with research groups in the USA and the Netherlands. We approach these concerns through integrating psychological research with other disciplines within the wider humanities and social sciences; our team includes researchers from developmental psychology, medical humanities, clinical psychology, medicine, social work and public mental health.

We are seeking to appoint a research assistant to support work on this project. They will be someone with a passion for child development research relevant to clinical and child welfare practice, as well as public mental health.

The post-holder will conduct independent literature reviews, contribute within the team to the analysis of quantitative data, contribute to the development of hypotheses and theory, and work with colleagues on scientific papers. As well as colleagues in Cambridge, the post-holder will have the chance to collaborate with leading international attachment researchers.

Applicants are expected to have an excellent record, including a First class (or national equivalent) undergraduate degree in psychology or a related subject or equivalent experience. Applicants must be well organised and highly motivated - these are essential for the success of the project. They must also have the capacity to work flexibly, responding to research needs and opportunities as they arise in the course of the project.

The post is for 18 months in the first instance, with a possible extension, to begin October 2017 or sooner.

Location - Department of Public Health and Primary Care - Primary Care Unit, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Dr Robbie Duschinsky (

Interview Date: 10th August 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference SN12719 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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