Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychology

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Egham, United Kingdom
£37,467 to £44,289 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
01 Aug 2022
End of advertisement period
30 Sep 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Psychology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Location: Egham
Salary: £37,467 to £44,289 per annum pro rata - including London Allowance
Post Type: Part Time
Closing Date: 23.59 hours BST on Friday 30 September 2022
Reference: 0722-334

Part-Time, Fixed-Term (12 months)

17.5 hours per week

We are seeking an enthusiastic early career scientist with a PhD in psychology, life sciences, genetics, epidemiology or a related subject with an emphasis on quantitative statistical analysis. The successful candidate will work on the project investigating the developmental course of links between educational experiences in mental health longitudinally from childhood to adulthood. The candidate will study educational environments, such as school types and school-related stress and anxiety, and how they interact with children’s genetic propensities and ultimately lead to different life outcomes establishing both aetiology and causal direction, using epidemiological and genetic tools.

The successful candidate will join a multi-disciplinary research team across Royal Holloway, Queen Mary’s and King’s College London and will be expected to work closely with other doctoral and postdoctoral students.

The Research Associate will (a) lead on preregistering data analyses; (b) conduct statistical analyses on the gene-environment interplay; (c) prepare manuscripts for publication; and (d) present the findings at meetings and conferences. Dr Kaili Rimfeld will supervise, support and mentor the Research Associate in all tasks.

The successful candidate will have Ph.D. or be close to completion. Strong skills in advanced statistical methods (e.g., twin/family studies, genomic analyses, epidemiological methods), manuscript preparation, and working closely with other institutions are essential. A primary interest in individual differences in educational achievement and developmental psychology and/or the analysis of existing large-sample datasets is desirable.

This part-time position (50%) is available to start as soon as possible. This is a fixed-term post – lasting one year.  For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Kaili Rimfeld on


The Psychology Department, located in Egham, close to Central London, has an excellent research profile (We are ranked joint 3rd in the country on GPA alongside Oxford according to THE: and benefits from state-of-the-art research facilities.

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 College has adopted hybrid working for some roles and so some remote working would be possible for this role.

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 from London.

Interested applicants should submit online:

  • the College’s standard online application form,
  • 1 full curriculum vitae with a list of publications (including preprints) and contact details of two academic referees;
  • a 1-page statement of past and current research activities and areas of interest; and
  • a 1-page research statement that outlines some of your ideas on how to the links between school environment and mental health.

Please submit these documents as attachments as part of your online application form.

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

To find out more about the Dr Kaili Rimfeld, please visit the website. You can visit the websites of Robert Plomin and Margherita Malanchini to find out more about the work of the co-investigators.

Please quote the reference: 0722-334

Closing Date: 23:59, 30 September 2022

Interview Date: TBC

Please note that it will not be possible for the College to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship for successful candidates as the pro-rata salary will not meet the minimum threshold set 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.

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