Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Multiple Sclerosis Cognition

Egham, United Kingdom
£35,333 to £41,743 per annum - including London Allowance
25 Mar 2019
End of advertisement period
08 Apr 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Full Time

Clinical Psychology

Location:      Egham
Salary:      £35,333 to £41,743 per annum - including London Allowance
Closing Date:      Monday 08 April 2019
Interview Date:      Friday 12 April 2019

Full-Time, Fixed Term (18 Months)

Applications are invited for the post of ‘Postdoctoral Research Assistant in MS cognition’ to join the Psychology Department, Royal Holloway, University of London.

This is an exciting opportunity to work as an academic in close co-operation with a major international pharmaceutical, to facilitate and implement digital collection of cognitive data, and contribute to understanding of how MS impacts cognitive function.

The successful candidate will facilitate and support the implementation of an IPAD version of the Symbol Digit Modality Test, a measure of information processing speed, in an international pharmaceutical trial, involving Europe and America. There will be validation studies and other psychometric data collection. The post holder will be responsible for liaison with software specialists, pharma trial specialists, investigators and trial centres, including training and supporting staff, which will involve some travel; overseeing data collection and storage, which will involve setting up data bases; quantitative analysis of results; contributing/leading on papers for peer-review journals, conference presentations and other dissemination, including charity platforms and social media. The post is funded by Novartis AG.

Qualified to Doctoral level (PhD or DClinPsy), the post holder will have a strong understanding of clinical research methods and an interest in neuropsychology, psychometrics and digital health. Good communication skills and the ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with academic, clinical and industry partners are essential.

In return we offer a highly competitive rewards and benefits package including:

  • Generous annual leave entitlement 
  • Training and Development opportunities
  • Pension Scheme with generous employer contribution 
  • Various schemes including Cycle to Work, Season Ticket Loans and help with the cost of Eyesight testing. 
  • Free parking 

The post is based in Egham, Surrey where the College is situated in a beautiful, leafy campus near to Windsor Great Park and within commuting distance of London.

The Psychology Department at Royal Holloway is an exciting and inspiring research environment and was rated sixth in the UK in the last REF. More generally, in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019, Royal Holloway is in the top 25 of the UK national rankings. It is the fourth highest performing university in the guide’s table of London universities.

This is a full time 18 month post, available from 01 April 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Dawn Langdon

To view further details of this post and to apply please visit For queries on the application process the Human Resources Department can be contacted by email at:

Please quote the reference: 0319-109

Closing Date: Midnight, 8 April 2019

Interview Date: 12 April 2019

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as this role does not fall into one of the standard occupational codes deemed eligible for sponsorship by UK Visas and Immigration. Successful candidates will therefore need to be eligible to work in the UK or have limited leave to remain in the UK and associated right to work for the duration of their employment with the College, in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006.