Research Associate in Psychiatry

University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry

United Kingdom

The Department of Psychiatry is looking for a post-doctoral Research Associate to join the team in March/April 2021. The applicant will be a key part of a set of integrated studies of work exploring the impact of environmental, pharmacological and interoceptive manipulations on brain responses with a view to understanding how perception, learning and decision-making processes, particularly in relation to food, are shaped by bodily processes. In particular, we see a researcher who is expert in theoretical and experimental approaches to understanding how cognitive and metacognitive processing is shaped and influenced by bodily signals. The role of the successful applicant will be to take a lead role in a project comprising of a team of clinical and non-clinical researchers. They will be engaged in recruitment, screening and psychological, physical and physiological recording both in healthy people (lean and obese) and in those with a range of disturbances to eating behaviours, including those with single gene mutations affecting homeostatic functions and those who have undergone gastric surgery. Whilst some remote working is possible, the successful applicant would be expected to relocate to Cambridge to assist in testing at the Eating Behaviour Unit at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Biomedical Campus, Cambridge.

The work is supported by a Wellcome award to the PI (Professor Paul Fletcher) and aims to use innovative cognitive measurements within a computationally-informed framework. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to play an active and leading part in this research programme and to work in a newly-built unit optimised to acquiring these measurements. Concurrent functional neuroimaging studies will also be carried out and the appointees will play a role in these studies.

The role covers areas of metabolic science, interoceptive processing and cognitive neuroscience. We are looking for an applicant with a strong track record in applying cognitive neuroscientific methods to understand how the body influences the brain. In particular, a proven ability to design and analyse experiments creatively in order to characterise how higher order cognitive processes are fundamentally shaped by interoception will be critical.

For further information about the study, please see the group's website

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Professor Paul Fletcher,

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Closing Date: 18th January 2021

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