Research Fellow (106324-0822) . Job Reference: 1887120

University of Warwick

United Kingdom

September 18, 2022


Vacancy Type/Job category

Research Only




£32,348 - £42,155 per annum


University of Warwick, Coventry

Vacancy Overview

Fixed-term contract for 36 months, 1.0 FTE. Extendable for another 24 months (5 years total); end date 31 October 2025 (if extended 31 October 2027).

The University of Warwick is seeking to appoint a full-time, postdoctoral researcher based at the Department of Psychology, as part of the research grant ‘PRETERM-LIFECOURSE' funded by UKRI Frontier Research Grants (ERC- Advanced Grant reviewed). The Postdoc will be working with Professor Dieter Wolke, the grant holder and his team. The appointment is initially for 36 months; and extendable for another 24 months.

The successful candidate will be prepared to begin as soon as possible after 1 November 2022. All applications must be made online and accompanied by a CV and covering letter. References may be requested prior to shortlisting.

This post is a unique and exciting opportunity for a highly qualified postdoc with organisational and statistical skills to work in a leading team on a joint project across several cohorts that will lead to high impact publications.

If you are near submission or have recently submitted your PhD but have not yet had it conferred, any offers of employment will be made as Research Assistant at the top of level 5 of the University grade structure (£31,411). Upon receipt of evidence of the successful award of your PhD, you will be promoted to Research Fellow on the first point of level 6 of the University grade structure (£32,348).

Interview date: 27/28 September or early October 2022.

Job Description


The researcher will be firstly taking on an overall coordination role across this and linked projects. Secondly, s/he will be conducting and supervising innovative data analysis of protection and resiliency after early adversity and its effects on the next generation. In the coordination role, the researcher will be working together within the team, i.e. other postdocs, research assistance and PhD students and closely with researchers in Munich and Bonn collecting new data on psychological function and biomarkers including neuro-imaging, physiological markers, genetics and epigenetics.

Furthermore, s/he will work closely with collaborators across Europe, New Zealand and Australia and their cohort data and work closely with Scandinavian researchers regarding use of registry data. The data analysis and supervision of such analysis is concerned with single, multiple cohort or registry data of prospective studies that investigate the development from birth to adulthood and the next generation after very preterm birth. The aim is to identify risk and protective factors and resiliency processes and evaluate the effects of early adversity on reproductive success and next generation outcome. The major outcome is to contribute to the success of this unique multifaceted project and high impact publications.


1. To conduct the day-to-day coordination of the team members in Warwick consisting of other postdocs/assistant professor, research assistants and PhD students.

2. To work effectively with several postgraduate research students and student assistants and provide supervision of their statistical analyses.

3. To assist and contribute with ethical applications for data analysis and data collection locally or with data transfer contracts between institutions.

4. To monitor the new data collection (wave 11) of the Bavarian Longitudinal Study and provide input in the functional assessments and data management at the Technical University Munich, the Helmholtz Institute Munich and the University Clinic Bonn. This may include occasional site visits abroad.

5. To conduct advanced statistical analysis including individual participant meta-analysis, regression, growth and structural equation models to determine protective and resiliency factors.

6. To statistically test alternative developmental models of risk, vulnerability, protection and resiliency.

7. To be able to conduct missing data analysis using imputation with chained equations or other models.

8. To co-supervise PhD students to work on reproductive success and parental investment after preterm birth and on psychological and functional ageing after early adversity.

9 To contribute to the writing of major deliverables for the project and to make a major contribution to the writing of research articles for journals in the field.

10. To develop new ideas of potential data analysis and manuscripts to be written or new grants of fellowships for him/herself to be applied for.

11. To participate in partner meetings and travel to discuss data transfers and analysis with study partners as needed.

12. To ensure dissemination of results through a wide variety of routes, and to a range of audiences.

Person Specification

The Person Specification focuses on the knowledge, skills, experience and qualifications required to undertake the role effectively. This is measured by (a) Application Form, (b) Test/Exercise, (c) Interview, (d) Presentation.

Essential Criteria 1

Good honours degree in Psychology, Statistics, Epidemiology, Mathematics or related fields. (a)

Essential Criteria 2

Completed PhD working with empirical data or statistical modelling using advanced statistics (e.g. statistical epidemiology, psychology, social sciences or similar). (a)

Essential Criteria 3

Proven knowledge of use of advanced statistical methods and application in quantitative research. (c, d)

Essential Criteria 4

Use and familiarity with statistical packages such as R, STATA, SPSS, SAS, MPlus or similar. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 5

Demonstrated ability or potential to publish excellent work on topics relevant to the project. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 6

Evidence of quality research output in terms of publications. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 7

Good effective communication (oral and written) skills, presentation and training skills. (a, c, d)

Essential Criteria 8

Good interpersonal skills. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 9

Ability to work independently and as part of a team on research programmes. (a, c)

Essential Criteria 10

Ability to initiate, plan organise, implement and deliver programmes of work to tight deadlines. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 1

Proven experience in Higher Education and in managing students or other staff in another or higher education environment. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 2

Ability to initiate, develop and deliver high quality research and to publish in peer reviewed journals. A developing track record in producing high quality academic publications. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 3

Ability or potential to generate external funding (grants, contracts etc) to support research projects. Ability to write research reports and papers in styles accessible to both academic and policy audiences. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 4

Experience in the harmonisation of data across several cohorts. (a, c)

Desirable Criteria 5

Ability to read, write or speak German. (a, c)

Further Particulars

For further information about the University of Warwick, please read our University Further Particulars.

For further information about the department, please visit the departmental website.

Further information on Professor Wolke's research and projects can also be found on this link.

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We are committed to supporting all staff in reaching their potential and we welcome applications from candidates from diverse and underrepresented groups. Warwick Psychology holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award for gender equality advancement, while Warwick University holds a Silver Award. These awards and the Departmental policy on equality, diversity and inclusion represent our commitment to our diverse student population and to the advancement of all our staff.

We are supportive of staff with caring responsibilities including a generous maternity/paternity/adoption/parental leave policy, onsite childcare facilities and the childcare vouchers scheme. The Department offers flexible working arrangements and a commitment to schedule department events within “core hours only”. Warwick Psychology is strongly committed to fostering excellence through diversity and enthusiastically welcomes applications from members of groups that have been, and continue to be, underrepresented in academia. Candidates should have experience in, or be able to demonstrate a commitment to, working with diverse student populations and/or in culturally diverse work and educational environments.

Warwick is committed to building an organisation of mutual respect and dignity, promoting a welcoming, diverse and inclusive working and learning environment. We recognise that everyone is different in a variety of visible and non-visible ways, and that those differences are to be recognised, respected, and valued. Where possible, we go beyond legislation to provide a place where everyone can thrive, supporting all staff to achieve their full potential. We aspire to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that may otherwise prevent people from succeeding.

We therefore welcome and encourage applications from all communities regardless of culture, background, age, disability, sex/gender, gender identity or expression, ethnicity, religion/belief, or sexual or romantic orientation. To find out more about our social inclusion work at Warwick visit our webpages here.

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As an organisation using the (DBS) Disclosure and Barring Service to assess applicants' suitability for positions of trust, the University of Warwick complies with the DBS Code of Practice and undertakes not to discriminate unfairly against any subject of a Disclosure on the basis of a conviction or other information revealed. More information is available on the University's Vacancy pages and applicants may request a copy of the DBS Code of Practice.

Closing Date

18 Sep 2022

About the employer

The University of Warwick is a public research university on the outskirts of Coventry between the West Midlands and Warwickshire, England. The university was founded in 1965 as part of a government initiative to expand higher education. The Warwick Business...