Research Associate Psychology (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge
July 14, 2024
Offerd Salary:£36,024-£44,263
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Research Associate Psychology (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate for 18 months initially with possibility of extension dependent on funding) at the Department of Psychology. This 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. This exciting role is embedded within an established and thriving research team (www., as well as within Dr Lloyd-Fox's global developmental science research programme. The PIPKIN study focuses on collecting data across pregnancy and the first months of life to trace individual differences in behaviour and brain function. The wider global developmental science research programme concerns partnering with families and stakeholders to develop support and intervention strategies for those transitioning to parenthood in the UK and Africa.

The post-holder will work with Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox and collaborators on the collection of data in the PIPKIN study and feature extraction of neural markers and longitudinal modelling of the rich, complex, multimodal, developmental datasets that are being collected (i.e. fNIRS/EEG/neurocognitive eye-tracking markers/language, motor and developmental assessments). This will also include modelling the contribution of exposure phenotypes (i.e. poverty associated factors / caregiving context) to the substantive variation in developmental outcomes seen in infants.

They will be supported by a team of established research academics both at the University of Cambridge and across the collaborating institutes (BBK, UCL, KCL, Durham, MRCG@LSHTM).

As part of this collaborative team, the postholder will also contribute to identifying primary targets of intervention and the delivery of a scalable developmental toolkit (including optimized designs for accessible lower- density NIRS and EEG systems and a battery of cognitive behavioural tasks).

The post will be based in Central Cambridge in the Department of Psychology, and will require an enhanced disclosure (DBS check) as you will be working directly with children and families. As the research is conducted, in part, at Cambridge University Hospitals an occupational health check will also be required.

This is a wide-ranging position, which would suit a self-motivated individual who is experienced in working in a diverse team and able to perform effectively under multiple demands. Applicants should be educated to PhD level in a relevant discipline, have experience of working with R, multilevel modelling, and with longitudinal / neuroimaging data. Applicants must have experience of working with fNIRS/DOT with 0 ¿ 5 year olds (in particular data collection and analysis of neonatal data). This post will allow the candidate to develop their skills in a range of areas including advanced statistical analyses, developmental science, neuroimaging, and collaborating across diverse multidisciplinary, international networks. Excellent organisational and computing skills, the ability to work independently and the ability to prioritise tasks effectively are essential, as is meticulous attention to detail

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 March 2026 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check. This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

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

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

In the upload section on the online application please ensure you upload the following three documents. (1) A cover letter explaining why you are interested in this post and how you believe your skills fit the specifications as outlined in the 'Further particulars' document. Next you need to upload two CVs (Curriculum Vitae) in different formats: (2) a Narrative CV and (3) your standard CV (full details in the Further Particulars).

This is a real vacancy that is being studied as part of the Action Research on Research Culture project (ARRC, https: // www. The ARRC team are investigating the effects of CV format on shortlisting. If you consent to take part in the study, the ARRC team will use information from the shortlisting process to understand the impact of different CV formats. The recruiting academic will not be told whether you have joined the study so your choice about whether to take part in the study cannot influence the decision on who to appoint. Further details can be found in the 'Further particulars' document. If you have questions about the ARRC project, please contact: [email protected]

Informal discussions about the post are welcomed, please contact Sarah Lloyd- Fox [email protected]

Please quote reference PJ42166 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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    Department of Psychology, Central Cambridge








    21 June 2024

    Closing date

    14 July 2024

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