Research Associate in Cognition and Brain Sciences

University of Cambridge

United Kingdom

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned research institute with state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience facilities, a hearing laboratory, and a dedicated developmental research clinic.

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to help direct and conduct research in the 4D Lab under the leadership of Dr Duncan Astle. Their primary aim is to map and understand the emergence of neurodevelopmental diversity. Research conducted in the lab sits at the intersection between developmental cognitive neuroscience, psychology and bioinformatics. Anyone with experience in those areas is encouraged to apply. A hallmark of their work is the application of novel methodological approaches to large scale datasets, so experience with this would be a real advantage. In particular, experience with structural and/or functional MRI would be a real asset.

You should hold a PhD relevant field, or be close to submitting your thesis. Experience of working with developmental groups with either language difficulties or problems in learning, attention, memory or mental health is desirable, but by no means essential. More important are skills and interest in the application of computational approaches for understand neurodevelopment.

Good interpersonal skills are important. You will be able to provide clear seminars on complex issues to an interdisciplinary audience, provide authoritative advice, support students and staff, and work as part of team on collaborative projects. The position is an ideal springboard for scientists interested in bringing advanced methods to improve our understanding of neurodevelopmental mechanisms, education and mental health outcomes.

For inquiries, contact Duncan Astle, by email: Information on the unit can be found at Background about 4D Lab can be found here

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 3 years in the first instance.

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's barred list).

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Closing date: 6th February 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 SU29356 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.

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