Research Associate - Life & Health Sciences

Birmingham, West Midlands (GB)
£32,548 to £33,518 per annum
09 Jan 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Feb 2018
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Research Associate
Life & Health Sciences
Salary:     £32,548 to £33,518 per annum
Grade:     Grade 08
Contract Type:     Fixed Term (12 months fixed term contract)
Basis:     Full Time
Closing Date:     23.59 hours GMT on Tuesday 06 February 2018
Interview Date:     To be confirmed
Reference:     R180007

Improving the identification of mental health difficulties in children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders.

Applications are invited for a researcher to work across two innovative research projects, designed to understand and improve the identification of emotional distress in children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. This is a full-time fixed term post of 12-months. The successful applicant will join the West Midlands Neurodevelopmental Network which consists of researchers and clinical psychologists from Aston University, University of Birmingham and Coventry University. They will be based primarily at Aston University Psychology Department and will also work at Cerebra Centre for Neurodevelopmental Disorders at the University of Birmingham. The post will involve some occasional travel within the UK. 

The post is supported by funding from charitable partners, Autistica and Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charitable Foundation. These charities work towards improved healthcare outcomes and quality of life for children with autism, intellectual disabilities and rare genetic syndromes.  The aims of the projects are to:

  • Develop clinically sensitive assessment tools of emotional distress for people with neurodevelopmental disorders who have significant communication impairments.
  • Validate these tools with children and adults with neurodevelopmental disorders and their families.
  • Collect preliminary data of the utility of these tools within NHS healthcare settings.

Working in collaboration with our charity and NHS partners, the successful candidate will carry out quantitative data collection and analysis with parents, children and adults with autism and intellectual disabilities, health professionals and charity volunteers. They will have a strong understanding of quantitative research methods, and experience of leading research projects and writing up research findings in scientific reports to a high standard.  In addition to the West Midlands Neurodevelopmental Disorders Network, the successful applicant will also join an established team of Health Psychologists within the Aston University Applied Health Research group (

Applicants should have a PhD in psychology in an area directly relevant to people with intellectual disability or neurodevelopmental disorders, or a doctoral degree in clinical psychology.

Offer of this post will depend on successful completion of Enhanced DBS check. 

For further information about this position, please refer to the job description and person specification. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jane Waite on +44 (0)121 204 4207, (