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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

This postdoctoral research associate position, funded by the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research (FPWR), is focussed on analysing multi-echo functional MRI data in relation to hyperphagia in Prader-Willi syndrome. The research will aim to translate objective MRI measures of hunger and satiety into clinical trial outcomes. Experience with analysis and publication of neuroimaging data is essential. Competence with MATLAB, python, R or other programming languages is highly desirable. In addition, research experience in neurodevelopmental or rare genetic disorders is desirable, but not essential.

The successful candidate will work as part of a diverse research team aiming to apply cutting edge neuroimaging techniques to further understanding of the neurobiology of Prader-Willi syndrome, obesity, psychosis and Alzheimer's disease. They will be responsible for data analysis and lead author manuscript preparation.

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent in Psychology, Psychiatry, Cognitive Neuroscience or allied neuroimaging fields, or be very close to completion/award of same prior to their appointment to the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

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

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Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £31,411) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. 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.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr. Stephanie Brown (

Please quote reference RN36688 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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