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Research Associate (EEG Analysis) in the Department of Forensic & Neurodevelopmental Sciences

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
£43,205 - £46,732 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
26 May 2024

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AIMS-2-TRIALS is the largest autism study in the world, led by the Forensic and Neurodevelopmental Sciences (FANS) department at KCL. We conduct deep phenotyping and drug challenge studies of infants, children and adults to better understand the aetiology, emergence and maintenance of autism and co-occurring conditions, with the aim of discovering and validating novel biomarkers.  

We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to lead on EEG biomarker discovery and validation. As part of an international multidisciplinary team, you’ll be amongst world-leading public and industry scientists, working together on translational research at the cutting edge of precision medicine. You’ll gain experience on biomarker discovery and validation, advanced EEG analysis techniques and with the regulatory environment around biomarker approval. You’ll work with the largest deeply-phenotyped autism dataset in the world.  

Drawing on data from longitudinal observational studies of infants, children and adults, clinical trials and drug challenge studies, the successful candidate will perform existing and develop new analysis techniques, and write up findings for publication in peer reviewed journals. There will be opportunities to collaborate with colleagues working in animal EEG, as well as with domain experts in other modalities such as s/fMRI, DTi, eye tracking, clinical characterisation and genetics.  

This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract for 3 years.

Key responsibilities

  • Discover and validate EEG biomarkers  
  • Analyse data from large EEG task batteries of putative novel biomarkers 
  • Publish empirical papers in peer-reviewed journals 
  • Work as part of a multidisciplinary, international consortium of researchers  
  • Ensure analytic progress is delivered on time 
  • Support students and junior researchers on EEG analysis 
  • Develop, maintain and support EEG processing pipelines 

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 a research-based field of relevance to EEG and/or autism  

2.       Knowledge of EEG data processing and analysis.  

3.       Proven ability to write efficient Matlab code.  

4.       Understanding of brain-behaviour relationships in the context of EEG research. 

5.       Excellent organisational and time management skills, with the ability to plan and prioritise own workload to meet project targets. 

Desirable criteria

1.       Experience with large datasets. 

2.       Understanding of biomarker and drug discovery. 

3.       Familiarity with Fieldtrip and EEGLab software.  

4.       Understanding of EEG acquisition and quality control. 

5.       Understanding of developmental conditions (e.g. ASD, ADHD) 

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.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearances.

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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