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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
London (Central), London (Greater)
Salary
£43,205 to £46,732 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
19 Mar 2024

Job Details

Job description

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Dr. Gemma Modinos’ research team ( https://modinoslab.com) in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London. The position is funded by a National Institutes of Health R01 subaward to Dr Modinos, and is available for 3 years (with the potential to extend by an additional 2 years thereafter).

As the successful candidate you will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team investigating relationships between schizotypy and brain functional and structural connectivity measures using a large-scale global ENIGMA consortium dataset (ENIGMA Schizotypy;  enigma.ini.usc.edu). The project also involves a close collaboration with the ENIGMA Schizophrenia working group to analyse brain connectivity across a psychosis continuum, including the use of machine learning for outcome prediction.

You will be responsible for neuroimaging analysis of resting-state fMRI, diffusion (DTI) and T1-weighted MRI data, and the collation and synthesis of behavioural data across multiple international sites from healthy individuals with varying degrees of self-reported schizotypy. Skill development in image analysis will be supported in-house and by workshop attendance and include collaborative implementation of ENIGMA pipelines (e.g., HALFpipe). You will be supported and expected to disseminate findings from this project at scientific conferences and journals. You will also be supported in your career aspirations and the development of both domain-specific and general skills toward independence.

At King’s, we are deeply committed to embedding good equality and diversity practice into all of our activities so that the university is an inclusive, welcoming and inspiring place to work and study, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marital status, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation.

We encourage and welcome applications from across the global community and all appointments are made solely on merit. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the university at this level.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 3 years, with an option to extend by a further 2 years.

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

  • To take a lead role in the synthesis and collation of a large dataset comprising behavioural data and multimodal neuroimaging data from multiple international research sites. Data management, quality control and synthesising data into analysable variables will all be required for this role.
  • To preprocess and analyse resting-state fMRI, DTI and T1-weighted MRI data from healthy individuals with varying degrees of self-reported schizotypy.
  • To organise and manage neuroimaging data, conduct statistical analyses and interpretation, prepare scientific manuscripts and disseminate results at scientific meetings.
  • To operate independently with regular mentoring as part of a strong multidisciplinary team.
  • To work collaboratively with others in the direct research team, the wider research teams within the IoPPN and within the ENIGMA consortium.
  • To continually update own knowledge and understanding of the field and practical skills in neuroimaging data analyses.
  • To develop own research interests.
  • To contribute to administrative and other duties as directed.

*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

**Essential criteria **

  1. PhD in neuroimaging, computer science, bioinformatics, medicine, neuroscience, psychology or equivalent.*
  2. Experience of acquiring and analysing brain MRI data from human participants (e.g., FreeSurfer, FSL, SPM).
  3. Good publication record within the relevant field.
  4. Self-motivated, reliable, able to work effectively as part of a research team and motivation to contribute to a good research culture.
  5. Excellent time-management and organisational skills, including ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks.
  6. Familiarity with effective communication across collaborating groups.
  7. High level of competence in written and spoken English.
  8. Interested in further developing advanced neuroimaging data analysis skills.
  9. Desire to develop own academic / research career in related areas.

Desirable criteria

  1. Proficiency in programming (MATLAB, Python, R, Unix/Linux shell, and/or other languages).
  2. Prior experience in engaging with an international network.
  3. Experience of supervising more junior staff or students.

* Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

Company

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: www.kingshealthpartners.org.

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 www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers.

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