KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

Research Associate, Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Science 

Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Posted
Monday, 1 March 2021
End of advertisement period
Friday, 26 March 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

Research Associate, Department of Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Science 

Job ID: 017344

Salary: £38,304 - £42,652 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance

Posted: 26-Feb-2021

Closing date: 26-Mar-2021

Business unit: IoPPN

Department: Forensic & Neurodevelopmental Sciences

Contact details: , andre.strydom@kcl.ac.uk 

Denmark Hill Campus   Research    


Job description
Based in the department of Forensic and Neurodevelopment Sciences, at the Institute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, King's College London (IoPPN-KCL). The successful applicant will take a leading role in co-ordination of our ongoing studies of cognitive decline related to Alzheimer's disease in adults with Down syndrome (The LonDownS consortium studies).

The post-holder's duties will include overseeing the recruitment of participants, co-ordinate a biobank of blood, CSF, and genetic samples as well as acquisition of neuroimaging data (MRI, fNIRS, etc). Leading on some aspects of data analysis of existing data - inducing cognitive, clinical, biomarker, and imaging data. The focus of analysis would depend on the successful applicant's expertise, with support from other experts including statisticians.

In addition, the candidate will help ensure protocol adherence and support ethics and R&D amendments as required, liaising with collaborators in Europe and the US, assist with public engagement activities and help to ensure the team maintains careful records.

Depending on the experience, the successful candidate will provide occasional back-up assessment of participants enrolled in this longitudinal study, as well as obtaining information from their carers.

This role is available for an immediate start and would suit an individual with statistical expertise and experience in analysing multimodal datasets would be an asset.

This is a full-time post, a fixed-term contract for 24 months.

Key responsibilities

  • Working as a conscientious and committed member of the team in order to achieve the aims of projects active in the department.
  • Provide oversight of participant recruitment
  • Co-ordinate biomarker sample collection, including blood and CSF samples and involvement in database design.
  • Oversee data entry, data quality checks and analyses, and leading on analysis of our existing, longitudinal data
  • Leading on the writing of reports and publications, and assisting with public engagement efforts, including developing and delivering presentations arising from the project.
  • Maintain good relations with team members; build contacts and participate in internal and external networks for the exchange of information and to maintain collaborations, including close liaison with collaborators in Europe and the US.
  • Demonstrate initiative and be proactive within the domain of your responsibility; whilst working independently and flexibly in planning day to day activities in accordance with the project deadlines.
  • Independently deal with queries from collaborators, ethics committees and participants; and attend and contribute to relevant meetings
  • To work effectively with colleagues, and collaborate with academic colleagues on areas of shared research and decision making
  • To travel on project business to clinical and other settings (DBS and research passport may be required)
  • Balance the competing pressures of research and administrative demands and deadlines, whilst being aware of the risks in the work environment and their potential impact on own work and that of others
  • The post-holder will help to ensure health and safety of individuals during data gathering
  • To be involved with supervision of other team members,
  • Any other duties appropriate to the grade as directed by supervisor(s) or head of department

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. 

Skills, knowledge, and experience
Essential criteria

  • Relevant undergraduate degree (for example, BPS accredited Psychology Degree; Neuroscience; Child development etc.) and a PhD in Research methods/ Experimental Psychology/ Neurodevelopmental Science or equivalent
  • Knowledge of neurodevelopment
  • Computer 'literate' especially in word processing and use of spreadsheets/databases
  • Experience in all aspects of research, from data acquisition to publication
  • Project management experience
  • Significant experience with data analysis and statistical methods
  • Significant experience of data management
  • Self-motivation and industriousness
  • Ability to work independently as well as in a team, with the desire to learn new research approaches
  • Flexible working hours (ability to work on weekends and evenings)
  • Person and project management skills

Desirable criteria

  • Knowledge of neurobehavioural and cognitive assessments in individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and experience of administering neuropsychological and/or behavioural tests
  • Knowledge of Alzheimer's disease and Down syndrome, and experience with neurodevelopmental or neurodegenerative disorder research
  • Experience of analysing multi-modal data and of analysing neuroimaging data
  • Understanding of the basic aspects of the project and experience of supervising others

Further information
This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.  

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