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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

The Autism Research Centre (ARC) in Cambridge University wishes to appoint a postdoctoral research associate to conduct research into policy-relevant areas relevant to autistic people. As well as conducting their own research in this, the role holder will also work as part of the Cambridge team as part of AIMS-2-TRIALS, specifically working on the 'Autism Policy across Europe' task.

We are looking for a scientist who is willing to take the lead on policy-related autism research project and publications arising from this, so a track record in peer reviewed scientific publications in journals related to psychology, psychiatry or related disciplines is essential. The post would be line-managed by Professor Simon Baron-Cohen, Director of the ARC.

The role will also involve running focus groups (PPI, or Patient and Public Involvement) to ensure the research is relevant to the autistic community, and developing online surveys to maximise data collection from a large sample of autistic people. Finally, the role holder will also be responsible for coordinating the Autism Representatives Group, consisting of autistic people from across Europe, in collaboration with the charity Autistica, in London.

Applicants should possess a PhD in Psychology, Psychiatry or a related relevant discipline, or be very close to completion/award of the PhD prior to their appointment to the post.

Applicants should also have skills in quantitative research methods and skills in presenting their work to both scientists and broader audiences. A knowledge of issues facing autistic people, and of autism research, would be useful but is not essential. Rather, we welcome applications from suitable candidates looking to move into autism policy research.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Rosemary Holt:

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

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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.

The closing date is 5 November 2018, with interviews expected to take place 14 November 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 RN16395 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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