Postdoctoral Research Associate in Genomic Disorders and Cognitive Development

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

TWO postdoctoral cognitive neuroscientist positions are available within the Genomic Disorders and Cognitive Development programme, led by Dr Kate Baker. The programme takes an interdisciplinary approach to characterising phenotypes and understanding mechanisms in neurodevelopmental disorders of genetic origin. Applicants should be motivated to carry out participant-centred cognitive neuroscience research, with enjoyment of working independently and as part of a team.

Applicants should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in cognitive neuroscience or related field. For both posts, experience of conducting hands-on research with children or adults is essential.

ONE post (further particulars A) is available for a two-year period, and will focus on synaptic vesicle cycling disorders. Experience of EEG research is essential for this post.

ONE post (further particulars B) is available for a three-year period, and will focus on comparative studies of brain structure and function in intellectual disabilities of known genetic origin. Experience of neuroimaging research (any modality) is essential for this post.

Applicants should make clear in their cover letter whether they are applying for only one of these posts, or both posts.

The starting date for both of these posts are February 2022.

The MRC values the diverse skills and experience of its employees and is committed to achieving equality of treatment for all. Our objectives are that all individuals shall have equal opportunities for employment and advancement on the basis of their skills, aptitudes and abilities. The MRC is committed to the engagement and retention of the best possible talent and to creating an environment that encourages excellence in scientific research through good equalities and diversity leadership and management.

For inquiries, contact Kate Baker, by email: Information on the unit and programme can be found at

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults' barred lists).

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

Closing date: 23rd January 2022.

Interview date: TBC.

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.

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 £30,497) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please quote reference SU29302 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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