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Postdoctoral Research Associate
Whiteknights Reading UK

Job reference: SRF29415

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 07/09/2019

Job live date: 02/08/2019

Salary: £30,395 - £35,211 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Division: Psychology

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Full-Time, Fixed Term

We are looking for a talented and motivated postdoctoral researcher in developmental psychology/neuroscience and autism to work on an MRC funded international project on global mental health. The researcher will be joining a multi-institution project funded by the MRC Global Challenge Research Fund, led by the University of Reading. Partner institutions on this project include the universities of Cambridge, Harvard, Liverpool, Birkbeck, Keele, as well as the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Sangath NGO, and Malawi College of Medicine.

The aim of this project is to develop, test, and refine a mobile platform (i.e. app) that incorporates measures of key domains of human behaviour (e.g. cognition, social-emotional behaviour) in 0-6-year-old children. This platform would be used in low-resource settings in India and Malawi to collect normative data from a large sample of children, to eventually help identify children who might have neurodevelopmental/mental health issues. The postholder is expected to contribute to the design and piloting of the mobile platform, as well as analyse data collected by the platform to be reported in conferences and peer-reviewed publications. The appointed individual will receive strong mentoring from well-established scholars as part of this project and be supported in developing new ideas.

The initial appointment will be for 30 months, with the possibility of a renewal.

The candidate is expected to have

  • PhD in a relevant discipline (psychology, neuroscience, psychiatry, computer science)
  • Excellent organization and project management skills
  • Experience in experimental design and analysis
  • Clear evidence of having published peer-reviewed papers on relevant topics
  • Experience of running studies with young participants

Interview date: 16th September 2019

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Prof Bhismadev Chakrabarti

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The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, is a Stonewall Diversity and Global Diversity Champion, and supports the principles of the Race Equality Charter and Athena SWAN.  Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.


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