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Research Assistant/Associate x 2 (Fixed Term)

Two research associate positions (or research assistants if close to submission of thesis) are available to work in the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. One position is funded by a UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship, awarded to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox, which aims to identify robust biomarkers of age-dependent brain and cognitive function from birth onwards in relation to early exposure to poverty. Building on this initial phase the fellowship will extend to develop, conduct and assess the efficacy of a positive parenting intervention with families during pregnancy through to 6 months of life. The other position is funded by an MRC programme grant to Professor Mark Johnson, and will focus on the effects on brain function of birth, by tracing individual differences in behavior from the 3rd trimester fetus to the first few months of postnatal life. The two research associates (or assistants) will work synergistically as part of a team.

This posts are focused on (i) the optimisation of a fNIRS neuroimaging toolkit for home-friendly environments, (ii) the design, recruitment and conduct of a longitudinal prospective behavioural and functional neuroimaging study, (iii) integration of postnatal measures with prenatal ultrasound, and (iii) data analysis and preparation of results for publication.

The successful candidates should have a PhD (or be close to submission) in developmental cognitive neuroscience or a related field. Experience of testing infant participants is essential, experience of fNIRS and/or EEG is also essential, and familiarity with MATLAB, R or comparable software packages and home/community based research is desirable.

Applications will be considered for candidates who are close to submitting their thesis by the start date of the positions.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 November 2021 in the first instance, with a possibility of extension for additional years.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox (sl868@cam.ac.uk) or Professor Mark Johnson (mj492@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 10 November 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ21007 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a Research Associate post at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge, to work on the project 'UNDER-STANDING: neurobiological basis of combinatorial processing across languages' under the supervision of Dr Mirjana Bozic.

The post requires an organised and proactive individual with good communication skills and ability to work independently, who will lead data acquisition and analyses on a new neuroimaging project. The role will entail identifying and recruiting suitable participants, acting as first point of contact for all study-related queries, fMRI data acquisition, data analyses using SPM or related software packages, and preparing results for publications and presentations.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant subject. Experience in programming and fMRI data analysis using SPM (or related software) is essential. Knowledge and experience with multivariate data analyses is also highly desirable. Excellent oral and written communication skills, good inter-personal skills, exceptional attention to detail, and ability to build rapport with study participants are also required. Knowledge of confidentiality, data protection, and GDPR is desirable.

The post is available from January 2020.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 6 months.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Mirjana Bozic (mb383@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 3 November 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20949 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Clinical Research Associate (Fixed Term)

A post-doctoral Research Associate/Research Assistant or Clinical Research Associate position in Cognitive Computational Neuroimaging is available to work at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Univ of Cambridge, UK (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk).

The position will focus on advanced ultra high-field neuroimaging (e.g. 7T brain imaging) in combination with computational modelling (Bayesian modelling, reinforcement learning, machine learning), interventional methods (neuropharmacology, TMS, TDCs) and cognitive genetics.

Research in the lab aims to understand how humans of all ages (healthy and patients with neurocognitive disorders) translate sensory experience into complex decisions and adaptive behaviours by taking into account previous experience and learning. We address this challenge using an interdisciplinary approach that combines behavioural paradigms, multimodal brain imaging (MRI, MRS, EEG, MEG, TMS, TDCs) cognitive genetics, and state-of-the-art computational methods (Bayesian modelling, reinforcement learning, machine learning). We apply these techniques to study the young and ageing brain and understand adaptive behaviours in health and neurocognitive disorders.

The successful applicant will receive multi-disciplinary research training at the interface between cognitive neuroimaging, computational modelling, and clinical translation.

Applicants should have a PhD, Masters and/or First Degree, or will be able to apply for the PhD programme in Cambridge, together with a strong academic track record, in a relevant area (e.g., Neuroscience, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Genetics, Medicine, Mathematics, Engineering, Computer Science). Programming skills are highly desirable and experience with brain imaging preferable.

This post may suit medically qualified doctors and trainees in neurology or psychiatry looking to further their research experience and register for a higher degree. A Medical qualification and GMC registration or ability to obtain registration before job commencement is required. This post could provide the basis for registering for a higher degree (PhD or MD).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 12 months in the first instance.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Prof Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 3 November 2019 . Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20904 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

A post-doctoral Research Associate or Research Assistant position in Ultra-High Field Neuroimaging is available to work at the Adaptive Brain Lab, Univ of Cambridge, UK (http://www.abg.psychol.cam.ac.uk) in collaboration with Chris Rodgers' 7T MRI Physics team at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) in Cambridge.

We have a wealth of equipment available for 7T MRI research in Cambridge. Our Siemens 7T Terra MRI scanner was installed in 2016. It runs the latest VE12U software, including the new single-host parallel transmit concept, which we are actively using for volunteer studies. We have 1H coils for scanning the brain (1Tx 32-channel Rx Nova and 8Tx 32Rx Nova) and knee, and eight different multinuclear coils for brain and body studies. We are embedded within Addenbrooke's Hospital, directly adjacent to neuro-critical-care, giving outstanding access to relevant patient cohorts. We have close collaborative links with the other UK 7T sites in Oxford, Nottingham, Cardiff, Glasgow and London.

The successful applicant will gain experience developing novel methods for ultra high-field 7T imaging in close collaboration with Chris Rodgers. They will play a key role in enabling new developments in Ultra-high field neuroimaging at the interface between two research groups (7T MRI group, Adaptive Brain Lab). They will also help the 7T MRI Physics group develop protocols and data analysis pipelines relevant to other users of the facility. Key interests for 7T MRI in Cambridge include cognitive neuroscience, and clinical applications in dementia, stroke, head injury, and neurodevelopment. Particular applications of 7T MRI in Cambridge so far include layer-resolved functional imaging, high-resolution structural imaging and neurotransmitter spectroscopy. For example, we are interested in developing more advanced methods for spectroscopic imaging in the brain; or using the 7T Terra's excellent parallel transmit capabilities to study deep brain structures, and their functional connectivity to the cortex; or in improving methods for imaging patients who are prone to motion; or other innovative method-development projects.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

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Applicants should have a PhD, Masters and/or First Degree, or will be able to apply for the PhD programme in Cambridge, together with a strong academic track record in a relevant area (e.g., physics, chemistry, or engineering, or in another subject that provides a solid grounding in MR physics). Experience with pulse sequence programming, experience with high-field neuroimaging and a working knowledge of MRI/MRS physics are preferable. You must be able to pass the safety screening to work in the 7T MRI scanner environment. Prior programming experience is highly desirable and willingness to learn computer programming in C++, Matlab and Python is essential.

Informal inquiries about this post may be directed to Prof Zoe Kourtzi (zk240@cam.ac.uk) or Dr Chris Rodgers (ctr28@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 30 October 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20883 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

A research assistant position is available to work in the Prediction and Learning (PaL) Lab (www.lawsonlab.co.uk), Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. The PaL Lab studies how learned expectations underlie individual differences in visual perception and decision making.

The research assistant will support a small team running eye tracking and pharmacology studies in healthy volunteers and participants with neuropsychiatric diagnoses (e.g. autism/anxiety). The role is best suited to someone with prior experience of testing clinical populations (e.g. in a previous RA position).

The PaL lab uses computational methods to understand brain function, and applicants should demonstrate strong mathematical literacy and knowledge (though not necessarily direct experience) of computational neuroscience.

The candidate should have a Bachelors or Masters degree in pharmacology/ computational neuroscience / mathematical psychology or similar. Familiarity with MATLAB, R, Python or comparable programming languages is desirable.

The post holder will be responsible for the design and conduct of behavioural, pharmacological and eye-tracking experiments with humans, recording and analyzing data and assisting with preparing the results for publication. The post holder will also recruit for and manage a clinical database of participants with autism, so some direct experience of working with autistic adults would be an advantage.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a basic disclosure (criminal records check) check.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be made to Dr Rebecca Lawson (rl337@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 25 August 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20282 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Grants Administrator (Part Time, Fixed Term)

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the Department of Psychology as a Research Grant Administrator. The Department holds around 90 active research grants which generate an annual income of over £5m per annum.

The post holder will be participating in the provision of a comprehensive and efficient research management service to the Department through every stage of the grant process to ensure effective administration of all research funding activity.

The ideal candidate will be the first point of contact for research grant related queries. For this purpose, the post holder is expected to develop a close working relationship with researchers and with the Research Operations Office to ensure smooth management of all processes, and compliance with necessary regulations. The post holder will work very closely with the departmental finance team and the HR Coordinator and will be line managed by the Research Grants Coordinator, to allow constant communication between key administrative contacts.

The ideal candidate will already have administrative experience in a similar role/financial environment. This is a varied post which requires excellent organisational skills and attention to detail, alongside the ability to prioritise and to work under pressure to meet deadlines. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are also required, as well as a proactive approach to problem solving.

The candidate will be educated to 'A' level standard, to include GCSE English language and mathematics/NVQ level 3 or have an equivalent level of practical experience. Good IT skills, including Word, Excel and emails are a requirement. Use of bespoke financial, grant or reporting systems is desirable. Previous experience in a demanding environment is essential.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

Applications are welcome from internal candidates who would like to apply for the role on the basis of a secondment from their current role in the University.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be made to Dr Jeanne Estabel (je353@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 1 September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20278 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Post-doctoral Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for one GSK-funded Research Associate position. The successful candidate will be based in the Department of Psychology and will join the laboratory of Professor Jeffrey Dalley: (https://www.psychol.cam.ac.uk/people).

The lab focuses on the psychological and brain mechanisms of drug addiction, OCD, ADHD, depression and Parkinson's disease, and uses translational methodologies to bridge fundamental discoveries in brain science with the development of new therapies.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the experimental programme of research within a recently funded GSK Varsity Award aiming to establish a preclinical platform of drug discovery based on pathological immune reactions to early life stressors. This behavioural neuroscience project involves the use of sophisticated touchscreen tasks to assess objective measures of fatigue, apathy and anhedonia in rats with a history of early life social stress. The successful candidate will be responsible for behavioural phenotyping, sample collection for peripheral and central immune profiling, and in collaboration with colleagues at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate both the integrity of the blood brain barrier and neural markers of brain inflammation.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant neuroscience subject, preferably in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and/or biological psychology. Relevant post-doctoral experience in behavioural neuroscience, including the assessment of translatable behavioural endophenotypes using state-of-the-art touchscreen-based technology is essential. Expertise in programming, data analysis and statistical hypothesis testing would be highly desirable. Applicants should have excellent organisational and communication skills, and be able to work well as part of a team.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 April 2020 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a security check.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be made to Jeff Dalley (jwd20@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 08 September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20264 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for one MRC-funded Research Associate position starting 01/10/2019. The successful candidate will work in the Department of Psychology and join the groups of Prof. Jeff Dalley (https://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?jwd20) , Prof. Barry Everitt (https://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?bje10) and Dr David Belin (https://www.neuroscience.cam.ac.uk/directory/profile.php?davidbelin).

The Cambridge laboratory focuses on the psychological and brain mechanisms of drug addiction, OCD, ADHD, depression and other psychiatric disorders, and uses translational methodologies to bridge fundamental discoveries in brain science with the development of new therapies.

The successful candidate will share responsibility for delivering an experimental programme of research funded by the UK Medical Research Council to investigate the neural and psychological mechanisms of drug addiction. This behavioural neuroscience project seeks to understand why compulsive drug use develops in only some subjects by virtue of underlying traits such as anxiety, impulsivity and sensation-seeking. The successful candidate will be responsible for behavioural phenotyping, the collection and analysis of samples for gene expression and neurochemistry, and in collaboration with colleagues at the Wolfson Brain Imaging Centre (WBIC) longitudinal magnetic resonance imaging to evaluate the structural and functional integrity of the brain before and after drug exposure.

Applicants must have a PhD in a relevant neuroscience subject, preferably in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology and/or biological psychology. Relevant post-doctoral experience in behavioural neuroscience, including the assessment of addiction-relevant behavioural endophenotypes and experience of small-animal MRI is essential. Expertise in programming, data analysis and statistical hypothesis testing would be highly desirable. Applicants should have excellent organisational and communication skills, and be able to work well as part of a team.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2021 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a security check.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Professor Jeffrey Dalley (jwd20@cam.ac.uk) or telephone 01223 765 291.

Please note the closing date for applications is 3rd September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20223 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Unestablished Lecturer (Part Time, Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for a University Lectureship in the Department of Psychology. This post is in association with a Fellowship at Queens' College. This part-time position (0.6 FTE) is available for an initial period of 5 years. The post is available from 1st October 2019 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Applicants should have a track record of publications in human cognitive science or cognitive neuroscience. The successful candidate will be qualified to PhD level and have a proven academic record in their subject together with experience of delivering teaching at university level and in the context of College tutoring.

Standard duties for a University Lecturer include teaching and research, examining, supervision and administration. College duties involves becoming Director of Studies for the Psychological and Behavioural Science Tripos.

The post is based in central Cambridge (Downing site and Queens' College).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 5 years in the first instance.

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Information about the Department of Psychology and Queens' College can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk and www.queens.cam.ac.uk/.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact the Head of Department, Professor Mark Johnson; mj492@cam.ac.uk.

Please note the closing date for applications is 1st September 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ20201 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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Receptionist

The Department of Psychology is seeking a friendly and enthusiastic full time Receptionist to provide a professional and welcoming reception for all staff, students and visitors to the Department.

The post holder will be based in the main Psychology building and is responsible for dealing with and directing visitors, answering telephone and email inquiries to the Department. The post holder deals with incoming and outgoing mail and receipt of deliveries. The Receptionist also assists with the day-to-day security of the main building of the Department.

Applicants should have good interpersonal and communication skills and a good standard of written and spoken English. The role requires good IT skills and proven customer service experience either in a reception area or other customer facing role. The role holder must be able to multi task and work calmly under pressure to fulfil their duties and present a helpful attitude to visitors or callers.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment.

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Informal inquiries about this post may be sent to Fiona Lyall Grant (hr@psychol.cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is 28 July 2019. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Please quote reference PJ19863 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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