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Research Associate (Autism and the Criminal Justice System) (Fixed Term)

A post-doctoral Research Associate position is available to work at the Autism Research Centre (ARC), Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge ( The position will involve investigating the experience of autistic people in the criminal justice system.

The project will analyse criminal cases in which the defendant is or is thought to be autistic. We are interested to discover if and how the Courts make reasonable adjustment for a defendant who is or may be autistic and if and how this affects the verdict and sentencing. We are seeking a researcher who has an understanding of autism. Knowledge of the criminal justice system, in particular in relation to serious crime, would be an advantage. The successful applicant will work both independently and as a key part of a team, who comprise both legal and autism experts. The research will involve a survey with both lawyers and defendants.

The work is supported by an award from the Autism Research Trust (ART) to the PI (Professor Simon Baron-Cohen) and arises from a related research project at the ARC into vulnerability in autistic people, co-funded by ART and the charity Autistica

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline (such as but not restricted to Criminology or Psychology), with motivation to conduct scientific and/or policy-relevant research into autism. A track record of peer-reviewed publications would be an advantage.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Carrie Allison

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2021 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 and adults' barred lists).

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 22nd July 2018 and interviews are yet to be confirmed.

Please quote reference RN15967 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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