Research Associate (Twins Genomic Analyst)

London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 6, £37,689 to £44,292 per annum, inclusive of £3,500 per annum London Allowance
Wednesday, 11 September 2019
End of advertisement period
Friday, 11 October 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher with initiative, creativity drive and relevant experience to investigate genetic and environmental influences on the connection between physical and mental health.  High levels of comorbidity between long-term physical and mental illness and recent mechanistic insights highlight the importance of greater integration of mental and physical health research.  Increasing numbers of children and adults are diagnosed with mental health conditions, and the postholder will have the opportunity to contribute essential research in this area, and potentially help to inform policy discussions.  

You will have a unique role working on data from two internationally renowned twin cohorts, both placed at King’s College London – TwinsUK and the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS). Together these cohorts are the largest twin cohorts in the UK and some of the most deeply phenotyped and genotyped in the world. The TEDS cohort comprises twins followed from birth into their twenties, and TwinsUK has focused on older twins, thus together the two cohorts cover the lifespan.   Both teams are highly supportive environments for developing early career researchers. 

You will be able to develop and test your own hypotheses using our extensive existing datasets, and will write papers and present your work at international conferences. There may also be opportunity for new data collections suiting your interests.

Whilst previous experience analysing twin data is desirable, anyone with structural equation model-fitting or other relevant analytical expertise and interest in working with twin data is encouraged to apply.