Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Lifelong Learning and Individualised Cognition

09 Nov 2020
End of advertisement period
09 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Senior Research Fellow (Experimental Psychology/Biopsychology/Cognitive Psychology/Neuropsychology/Neurology/Psychiatry/Cognitive Neuroscience)  

The Centre for Lifelong Learning and Individualised Cognition (CLIC), funded by the National Research Foundation (NRF) in Singapore and coordinated through the Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES), is a collaboration between Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the University of Cambridge. CLIC is a flagship programme in the Science of Learning to harness advancements in neuroscience to develop cognitive training programmes for the improvement of lifelong flexible learning, focusing initially on adolescents and young adults, but also envisaging work with infants and older adults.  This is a strategic global initiative for the Universities of Cambridge and NTU that brings together multidisciplinary expertise from over 30 investigators in the areas of Neuroscience, Psychology, Linguistics and Education across the two universities.

The CLIC program is seeking one full-time Senior Research Fellow (SRF) to manage and coordinate research activities focusing on cognitive flexibility and learning, and training-related brain changes among adults and adolescents. Given the highly inter-disciplinary nature of the project, you will be expected to assist in overseeing research activities related to human neuroimaging, language, infant cognition/learning and pedagogy. Applicants with at least 5 years of postdoctoral experience may be considered for appointment at a Senior grade. You will primarily be supervised Asst Prof Victoria Leong (NTU), and also work closely with Prof Zoe Kourtzi (Cambridge) and Prof Annabel Chen (NTU). You will also interact widely with other members of the academic consortium.

The responsibilities of the position include:

  • Coordinate research activities across all workgroups (research project coordinator)
  • Develop and update training manuals and protocols, and perform version maintenance
  • Oversight of compliance with relevant regulations and governance arrangements for the portfolio of studies, including processes for ensuring safety reporting and data quality  
  • Oversee research ethics requirements, including updating and management of IRB documents
  • Develop pipelines for updating and reporting of project progress
  • Develop best practices of overall project data management and ensure implementation of agreed quality control and assurance systems to ensure a consistent and standardised approach across studies and teams
  • Assist with financial management activities and monitor expenditure to ensure delivery within budgetary constraints
  • Provide day to day staff management, on the job-training and assist with performance management of junior staff members
  • Conduct analysis of data and summarise research findings
  • Conduct literature reviews for publications and research briefings
  • Assist with preparing academic publications (e.g. journal, conference, book)
  • Contribute to the production of research reports
  • Contribute to the dissemination of research findings
  • Perform other research-related tasks as required by the Principal Investigators

Essential requirements:

  • Doctorate (PhD) degree specializing in either Experimental Psychology, Biopsychology, Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology, Neurology, Psychiatry, Cognitive Neuroscience, or related fields
  • At least 5 years of postdoctoral experience
  • Experience with conducting behavioral experiments in neuropsychology or cognitive psychology, especially in Singapore
  • Knowledge of regulatory and clinical governance environment for research in Singapore, and experience in ensuring trials and studies comply with these standards.
  • Experience of developing study trial documentation including standard operating protocols (SOPs), preparation of ethics applications, funder reports, and pre-registration reports
  • Good statistical knowledge and skills, and familiarity with statistical packages
  • Good IT skills (i.e. Microsoft Office®)
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Demonstrable managerial and leadership skills, with ability to motivate staff
  • Excellent organizational skills and able to work within given deadlines

Preferred requirements:

  • Experience with neuroimaging techniques (MRI/EEG/or TMS)
  • Familiarity with image data analysis tools such as SPM, FSL, AFNI, DSIStudio, Matlab, Python, etc
  • Prior experience with academic publication processes and reports
  • Experience of clinical trial project management 
  • Data management experience with REDCap
  • Experience of target setting and performance review
  • Self-directed learner who effectively picks up relevant skills as needed

Appointment grade subjected to candidate's qualification or years of relevant experience.

We regret that only shortlisted candidates will be notified.