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The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned research institute with state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience facilities, a hearing laboratory, and a dedicated developmental research clinic (the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory).

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to help direct and conduct research in the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory (CALM) under the leadership of Dr Joni Holmes. Research conducted in CALM adopts a transdiagnostic approach to understanding the cognitive, neural and genetic causes of learning difficulties. To date, over 800 children with problems in attention, learning and / memory have been assessed and a demographically-matched sample of typically developing children is currently being recruited. Future plans include: i) establishing a longitudinal arm to the project in order to investigate the neurodevelopmental pathways that compromise learning in this heterogeneous and well-phenotyped sample, and ii) expanding recruitment to include children with mild emotional and mental health problems to identify the common and distinct dimensions (cognitive, behavioural, emotional and neural) of mental health and learning difficulties in childhood. You should bring novel perspectives/expertise/questions to the CALM group that will complement and augment the overall research mission of understanding why some children struggle at school.

This research cross-cuts cognitive, educational and clinical research and candidates with expertise and interests in any of these areas will be considered. Applicants with experience in child mental health and cognitive development are strongly encouraged to apply.

You should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in cognitive psychology or related field, plus experience of working with developmental groups with either language difficulties or problems in learning, attention, memory or mental health. Detailed knowledge of cognitive methods and theory are essential, plus a commitment to the development of translational opportunities where appropriate. Good interpersonal skills are also essential. You will be able to provide clear seminars on complex issues to an interdisciplinary audience, provide authoritative advice, manage students and staff, and work as part of the team on collaborative projects. The position is an ideal springboard for scientists interested in bringing advanced cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience to development to improve educational and mental health outcomes.

Start date for this post is ideally 1st August 2018.

For inquiries, contact Joni Holmes, by email: joni.holmes@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk. Information on the unit can be found at http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/. Background about CALM can be found here http://calm.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list). This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 27th May 2018 and interviews are yet to be confirmed.

Please quote reference SU15420 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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