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Postdoctoral Research worker – Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

London (Greater) (GB)
£38,826 - £44,427 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
23 May 2023

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This post provides an exciting opportunity to become part of the analysis team of the AIMS-2-TRIALS Longitudinal European Autism Project (LEAP). LEAP is the first European longitudinal multi-site, multi-disciplinary brain imaging and behaviour project in over 700 individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions, typical development or mild intellectual disability. The overarching goal of LEAP is to identify biomarkers that help us to create individual profiles for each autistic person to tailor different therapies to different needs and predict a person’s developmental outcome.  
The successful candidate will work under the direction of Dr Eva Loth and Prof Declan Murphy at King’s College London. The purpose of this role is to lead on neurocognitive analyses (involving cognitive measures, eye-tracking, EEG, and/ or brain structure, function),  and to link these markers to  clinical features as well as measures of environmental risk and/ or genetics.  
LEAP was created as part of the EU-AIMS Consortium in 2014 and is being continued under the auspices of AIMS-2-TRIALS Participants were first recruited between at the age of 6-30 years from 2014-2016. They were followed up a second time between 2016 and 2018. From October 2021 the cohort is being reassessed.  At each time point, the  study involves comprehensive clinical characterisation of each participant, including clinical observations and a range of parent/ self-report questionnaires to measure core and associated mental health features, or quality of life,  cognitive assessments,  eye-tracking, EEG assessments,  neuroimaging (structural and functional MRI) , the  collection of biosamples for microbiome and neuroinflammatory analyses, and assessment of life events and stressful experiences that may impact developmental changes. 
The post is ideally suited to someone with a keen interest in neurodevelopmental research, and experience of working with individuals with autism or related neurodevelopmental conditions. 

This post will be offered on an  fixed-term contract for 11 months [until 31/05/2023 end of AIMS-2-TRIALS] 

This is a full-time post



Key responsibilities

  • To lead on one area of research of the postholder’s choosing, which should include either : Cognition, eye-tracking, EEG, fMRI (resting state, task-based)  
  • To conduct relevant QC procedures and provide detailed documentation 
  • To prepare manuscripts for publication 
  • To disseminate work at national/ international conferences and AIMS-2-TRIALS meetings  
  • To participate in internal in-person and virtual meetings 


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

Advanced knowledge of autism and/ or related neurodevelopmental conditions; 

Advanced knowledge of cognitive development and/ or cognitive neuroscience approaches;   

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills; 

Prior experience with carrying out multidisciplinary and/ or longitudinal research; 

Experience in at least one of the following: cognitive, eye-tracking, EEG, and/ or fMRI analyses 

Experience with multi-variate analyses and “subgrouping” methods 

Experience with longitudinal modelling approaches 


Essential criteria  

1.       Experience in at least one of the following: cognitive, eye-tracking, EEG, and/ or fMRI analyses 

2.       Experience with multi-variate, “subgrouping” and/ or longitudinal modelling methods 

3.       Advanced knowledge of cognitive development and/ or cognitive neuroscience approaches;   

4.       Advanced knowledge of autism and/ or related neurodevelopmental conditions; 

5.       Advanced knowledge of clinical assessments of autism 

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience with genetic analyses 
  2. Experience working with autistic individuals 
  3. Experience with science writing 

Subject keywords:

Neurodevelopment, autism, analyses  


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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