Research Associate (Twins Genomic Analyst)
We are looking for someone with initiative, creativity and drive who is particularly interested in investigating the connection between physical and mental health. The post holder will have a unique role across 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 cohort in the UK and some of the most deeply phenotyped and genotyped in the world.
High levels of co-morbidity between long-term physical and mental illness and recent mechanistic insights highlight the importance of greater integration of mental and physical health research. Twin studies offer a multidimensional approach, availing health research with a portfolio of methods to observe effects of both genes and environment on development and interaction of physical and mental health conditions. The TEDS cohort, comprising twins followed from birth into their twenties has focussed on psychological and social aspects of development, while TwinsUK has focused on physical and mental health in ageing. This post results from an exciting new collaboration between these cohorts and will cross-fertilise the strengths of both. Using a twin-based approach, the post holder will have the opportunity to engage in new research spanning across the adult lifespan on the body-mind interface, availing themselves of the extensive genetic, epigenetic, metabolomic, immune-phenotyping and other multi-omic datasets held by the cohorts.