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Research Assistant/Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Two research associate positions (or research assistants if close to submission of thesis) are available to work in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. One position is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, awarded to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox, which aims to identify robust biomarkers of age-dependent brain and cognitive function from birth onwards in relation to early exposure to poverty. Building on this initial phase the fellowship will extend to develop, conduct and assess the efficacy of a positive parenting intervention with families during pregnancy through to 6 months of life. The other position is funded by an MRC programme grant to Professor Mark Johnson, and will focus on the effects on brain function of birth, by tracing individual differences in behavior from the 3rd trimester fetus to the first few months of postnatal life. The two research associates (or assistants) will work synergistically as part of a team.

This posts are focused on (i) the optimisation of a fNIRS neuroimaging toolkit for home-friendly environments, (ii) the design, recruitment and conduct of a longitudinal prospective behavioural and functional neuroimaging study, (iii) integration of postnatal measures with prenatal ultrasound, and (iii) data analysis and preparation of results for publication.

The successful candidates should have a PhD (or be close to submission) in developmental cognitive neuroscience or a related field. Experience of testing infant participants is essential, experience of fNIRS and/or EEG is also essential, and familiarity with MATLAB, R or comparable software packages and home/community based research is desirable.

Applications will be considered for candidates who are close to submitting their thesis by the start date of the positions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2021 in the first instance, with a possibility of extension for additional years.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox ( or Professor Mark Johnson (

Please note the closing date for applications is 10 November 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21007 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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