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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a post-doctoral research associate (or research assistant if very near to PhD thesis submission) to work at the Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. The position will be within a project on mental health effects of social distancing during the COVID-10 pandemic, utilising innovative smartphone technology and data collection across multiple sites and countries. The project team consists of Prof Sarah-Jayne Blakemore, Dr Amy Orben, Prof Rogier Kievit and Dr Livia Tomova. The post-holder will sit with Professor Blakemore's research group; the project is funded by the Jacobs Foundation.

The post-holder will be expected to carry out research in the area of mental health, loneliness, social media and cognitive processing in adolescence and adulthood. They will be responsible for helping to design and run a study utilising a pre-existing smartphone app, which will also administer experience sampling. The study data will be collected online over multiple sites in a range of international schools and other online recruited samples, and the post will therefore require the applicant to be skilled in project management and organisation. The post-holder's responsibilities will include programming tasks and questionnaires, participant recruitment, data collection, data analysis and writing-up the results, under the supervision of the team. The post-holder will be based at the University of Cambridge.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 1 year in the first instance. The start date is 3rd May 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children's barred list).

The post is offered full time or part-time. We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements. The working hours can be discussed and agreed with the project team.

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Informal enquiries can be made to Professor Blakemore: sjblakemore@psychol.cam.ac.uk

Please note the closing date for applications is Thursday 25th February 2021. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ25573 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

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 basic disclosure (criminal records check) check and a security check.

A Research Assistant/Associate is required for a Wellcome Trust funded research programme. The research programme is led by Professor TW Robbins focusing on "impulsive-compulsive disorders and fronto-striatal systems". The successful candidate is required for experimental studies of brain imaging and cognitive function in healthy volunteers and patients, predominantly with obsessive-compulsive disorder. The successful candidate will be required to maintain databases and be aware of data protection and ethical issues, help in the recruitment and contact with patients, including adolescent cases and healthy volunteers and to liaise effectively with clinician and academic collaborators, other post-doctoral and graduate students and NHS personnel, consultant psychiatrists and GPs associated with this project. They will be required to record and analyse data and to help in the preparation and submission of manuscripts for publication and for presentations at conferences, as well as in funding and ethical applications. The successful candidate will have obtained at least a first degree (BA or BSc) in Psychology, Neuroscience or a cognate discipline. A Master's or PhD degree qualification is desirable. An NHS research passport would also be useful.

Ideally, the candidate will have expertise or training in neuropsychological testing including of patients, and experimental psychology and brain imaging methodology. Although based at the Dept. of Psychology, Downing St Cambridge, the researcher will be required to travel to the Clinical School and possibly to other sites outside Cambridge for cognitive testing of patients.

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The post will start by April 1st 2021 at the Department of Psychology. Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Trevor Robbins (twr2@cam.ac.uk).

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Fiona Lyall Grant who is responsible for recruitment to this position (hr@psychol.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PJ25488 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Research Assistant/Associate (Fixed Term)

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 1 October 2021 in the first instance.

We are looking for a Research Assistant or Research Associate to support Professors Trevor Robbins and Angela Roberts. The successful candidate will support their research with behavioural testing, in the conduct of neuropsychological experiments, data collection and analysis, as well as in the preparation and histological assessment of tissue samples and other regulated procedures. This is likely to include surgical techniques, systemic injections, microinfusions into the brain, tissue collection and perfusions, and histological processing of brains from experimental animals (non-human primates).

The post is based at purpose-built facilities within the University of Cambridge. Applicants ideally should have already some experience in behavioural neuroscience or related disciplines. You will have a degree (ideally PhD) or equivalent experience in a related science; knowledge of the relevant equipment and procedures; good IT skills; good communication skills with an ability to explain technical issues and procedures. The role-holder is expected to have gained specialist knowledge and skills through a period of practical experience and theoretical training. Please note that funds are available until 1 October 2021 in the first instance, with the possibility of a short extension beyond this date.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and should be directed to Professor Trevor Robbins (twr2@cam.ac.uk).

If you have any queries regarding the application process please contact Fiona Lyall Grant who is responsible for recruitment to this position (hr@psychol.cam.ac.uk).

Please quote reference PJ25477 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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Teaching Associate in Experimental Psychology, Statistics and Research Design(Fixed Term)

We are seeking a dynamic and enthusiastic person to join the Department of Psychology as a Teaching Associate. The purpose of the role is to support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in teaching. The successful candidate will demonstrate a willingness to contribute to undergraduate education within the Department of Psychology and an ability to teach effectively at undergraduate level.

Reporting to the Director of the Psychological and Behavioural Sciences Tripos, the post-holder will support the Department of Psychology's teaching in Experimental Psychology, including Statistics and Experimental Design, across relevant first- and second-year courses. The post-holder will work in collaboration with relevant Course Organisers and the Deputy Head of Department for Teaching, conducting teaching sessions for undergraduate students, creating and marking informal quiz-style assessments to monitor student progress, and contributing to marking of Part I examinations. The post-holder will also run introductory or refresher technical skills sessions in statistical software packages for Part II project students. The post-holder would be expected to run sessions online in the first instance but in person when possible, in full accordance with governmental and university guidelines for in-person teaching. The role will involve liaising with lecturers, students and administrative staff.

It is essential that the post-holder has a background in Experimental Psychology, and has competence and confidence in programing. The candidate should demonstrate a commitment to teaching and will ideally have experience of teaching at university level. It is essential that the post-holder is self-motivated, can work independently as well as part of a team, and has good organisational and communication skills.

Ideally, the successful candidate will be able to take up the post of Teaching Associate as soon as possible after the interview process.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance for full time or 4 years part-time (0.5fte).

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

We particularly welcome applications from candidates from a BAME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our institution.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Lee de-Wit (lhd26@cam.ac.uk)

Please note the closing date for applications is Thursday 28th January 2021. Applications received after this time will not be considered.

Information about the Department and the research interests of members of staff can be found at www.psychol.cam.ac.uk.

Please quote reference PJ25271 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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