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Post Doctoral Researcher, Biology

Maynooth, Ireland
Closing date
10 Dec 2023

Department : Biology
Vacancy ID : 026301
Closing Date : 10-Dec-2023 T

he Family Genomics Research Group led by Dr. Lorna Lopez, in collaboration with behavioural neuroscientist Professor Andrew Coogan at Maynooth University invite applications for the position of Behavioural Data Scientist on our Ambient BD research project, commencing in January 2024.   

This five-year project is led by the University of Edinburgh with co-investigators at Maynooth University, Ireland and the Technical University of Munich, Germany. It is funded by the Wellcome Trust (2023-2028).  The purpose of Ambient-BD is to investigate the role of variability in long-term circadian rhythms in the trajectory of disease in people with bipolar disorder. The initial development and validation studies will be carried out in Maynooth University and the clinical studies in people with bipolar disorder completed at the University of Edinburgh. There will be considerable collaboration between the two research sites throughout the project. 

Bipolar disorder is defined by extreme variability in mood, activity, sleep and circadian timing recurring over weeks and months. The purpose of Ambient-BD is to optimize innovative ambient and passive methods for collection of circadian data and to test their feasibility and performance against gold standards. A lived experience advisory panel will help us to identify and prioritize clinical and functional outcome measures to co-produce low intensity methods for collecting these outcomes. In parallel, we will develop a data collection and data management system to support data collection and optimize data sharing with patients, clinicians and the research community. Our goal is to identify causal mechanisms by which sleep and circadian disruption leads to relapse in bipolar disorder. We will also deliver an innovative programme of knowledge exchange and dissemination in collaboration with Bipolar Scotland.   


Postdoctoral Researcher (2023): €42,783 - €43,371 p.a. (2 points with increment) 

Appointments will be made in accordance with public sector pay provisions. 

Closing Date  23:30hrs (local Irish time) on Sunday 10th December 2024.   

Please apply with your CV and a cover letter that includes a brief summary of the following: 

  • your research interests; 
  • a proposal for how your previous experience will fit with the aims of “Ambient and passive collection of sleep and circadian rhythm data in bipolar disorder to understand symptom trajectories and clinical outcomes (AMBIENT-BD)” 

Applications must be submitted by the closing date and time specified above. Any applications which are still in progress at the closing time on the specified closing date will be cancelled automatically by the system.   

Late applications will not be accepted. 

Maynooth University is an equal opportunities employer.

The position is subject to the statutes of the University.  

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