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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the position of Research Associate funded as part of a Wellcome Trust Strategic Award called the Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network (NSPN). This is the largest mental health and neuroscience network in the United Kingdom bringing together the University of Cambridge and the University College London.

The purpose of this role is to analyse a large sample of structural MRI, diffusion tensor imaging and resting-state fMRI data collected on healthy adolescents and young adults. The objective will be to use and develop state-of-the-art image analysis methods to characterise longitudinal developmental changes in brain structure and function in healthy adolescence. There will be a special focus on measuring and modelling the complex network architecture of the human brain and understanding how normal maturational processes affect brain network organization and relate to genetics, behaviour and cognitive function. The role will provide substantial scope for originality, academic judgement, collaboration and presentation of results.

The post will be based at the Behavioural & Clinical Neuroscience Institute (BCNI) at the University of Cambridge. The post-holder will be supervised by Dr Petra Vertes and will work closely with Professor Ed Bullmore, Head of the Department of Psychiatry and Chief Investigator of NSPN, as well as other members of the research group. The post holder will need to work effectively both independently and as part of the large team of researchers involved in NSPN.

Candidates should have specialist knowledge in image analysis methods and scientific programming as well as a PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. A background in physics, statistics or a related quantitative science would be advantageous.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Petra Vertes,

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. 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 include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Closing date for applications is the 31st October 2017, with interviews yet to be confirmed by the department.

Please quote reference RN13494 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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