Postdoctoral Research Associate - Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience

London (Greater) (GB)
Grade 6: £38,304 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
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Monday, 25 January 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

We are seeking a highly skilled, strongly motivated, postdoctoral researcher to work on questions related to lifespan cognitive development in large-scale datasets. 

The research will be centred around the question of the impact of education on cognitive development, both early and later in life. The researcher will be encouraged to address the question from multiple methodological angles, using multiple datasets and techniques.  

The role will be held within the SGDP Centre at the Denmark Hill Campus of King’s College London. It is an environment that emphasizes a great deal of interdisciplinary collaboration and the development of new methodologies. It will enable the researcher to develop and broaden their skills, collaborating with researchers in psychological development, behaviour genetics, brain imaging, and psychiatry. Support for pursuing fellowships and other career development opportunities will be provided. 

The role will be funded by the Jacobs Foundation. 

The post-holder will be responsible for designing, analysing and reporting research projects on the topic of education and cognitive development.  Primary areas of research will be: 

  1. Using large-scale datasets (e.g. birth cohort studies) to examine trajectories of cognitive change over the lifespan and their relation to education; 
  1. Using causal designs (e.g. from econometric methodologies) to separate out true causal effects of education on multiple aspects of cognitive development; 
  1. Using best-practice Open Science methodology (e.g. preregistration, code-sharing, RMarkdown, etc.) to document all the above studies with maximal transparency and reproducibility. 

Each of these areas will require the post-holder to design studies, access relevant datasets, and answer relevant research questions. There will be flexibility for the applicant to focus on specific methodologies of their choice, but an interdisciplinary focus is strongly encouraged. The studies will build on excellent access to rich datasets from research cohorts from across the UK and beyond. These datasets include many different types of data that are relevant to answering the above questions; the post-holder will be encouraged to collaborate widely across the Institute for Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience to make maximal use of these datasets and implement research plans. The post-holder will contribute to dissemination activities through reports, academic papers and presentations.  

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