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Research Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Two MRC CBU research associate positions are available in the field of developmental cognitive neuroscience.

The first post will be based within a new programme on Genomic Disorders and Cognitive Development, led by Dr Kate Baker. The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to characterising phenotypes and understanding mechanisms in neurodevelopmental disorders of genetic origin. The programme adopts multiple methods including bespoke touchscreen cognitive testing, neuroimaging (MRI) and neurophysiology (EEG, MEG). Candidates with expertise in any of these methods will be considered, and experience of more than one method will be advantageous. Experience of conducting research with children or with impaired adults is desirable. Design and refinement of analysis pipelines for multiple data types is a core activity within this role, and strong scientific programming skills are essential. The postholder will work closely with neuroscientists in other MRC CBU programmes adopting similar methods of experimental design, data acquisition and analysis. The postholder will also interact with collaborators in medical genetics, clinical neurosciences and basic neurosciences, hence ability to communicate across disciplines is essential. The position is an ideal springboard toward a clinically-relevant research career at the intersection between cognitive neuroscience and genetics.

Further particulars for this role are available below. Individuals considering an application for this post are welcome to contact Kate Baker by email:

The second post will be based within the well-established programme led by Dr Duncan Astle. This programme explores systems neuroscience in typically and atypically developing children. The post holder will join a large and vibrant team of early career researchers and PhD students. The primary objective of this position is to contribute to the data collection and analysis within two large-scale datasets. The first is a 4 year longitudinal study of children growing up in low-income homes. The second is a cohort study of children with various types of developmental disorder, called the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory. Specifically, the post-holder will have prior experience in programming and handling neuroimaging data, with a view to developing novel ways of exploring brain connectivity using functional and structural imaging. Within the lab we use multiple different cognitive tasks, assessments, mental health measures and different types of neuroimaging (MEG and f/MRI). The post holder will be involved in data collection, but will also have substantial flexibility to pursue their own interests within the overall remit of the programme. The post holder will also have access to large-scale rich datasets hosted by the MRC CBU.

Further particulars for this role are available below also. Individuals considering an application for this post are welcome to contact Duncan Astle by email:

Suitably qualified applicants should apply for their preferred post, and state in their covering letter whether they also wish to be considered for the second post.

Information on the unit and programme can be found at

Fixed-term: The funds for these posts are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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).

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.

Closing Date: 1st July 2018.

Interview Date: Likely to be the 19th July 2018.

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.

Please quote reference SU15668 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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