The SCAMP team led by Professor Mireille Toledano are seeking a Research Assistant to play a hands-on role in an ambitious and exciting new 5-year programme of work addressing multifactorial pathways to adolescent mental health, following a UKRI MRC grant funding extension worth £2.4m.
Launched in 2014, SCAMP (Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones) is a major prospective cohort study, following secondary school pupils across London from Year 7 (ages 11-12) through to early adulthood to investigate whether use of mobile phones and other wireless technologies affect young people’s neurocognitive, behavioural and mental health outcomes. For more information on the SCAMP study please visit www.scampstudy.org
This post provides an excellent opportunity to work on a large prospective cohort study, and develop your skills and knowledge, in a world-class research environment. We are looking for a self-motivated researcher with a ‘can-do’ attitude, to play a hands-on role in the next phase of SCAMP follow-up data collection. You will be involved in all aspects of the research programme, including liaising with schools / teachers / participants, data collection sessions in schools and online, developing questionnaires, development of a new app, biological sample collections, an exercise/sleep monitoring sub-study, qualitative focus group research, epidemiological analysis of data and assisting with scientific write-ups.
Duties and responsibilities
Your key responsibilities will involve assisting a programme of research in child / adolescent epidemiology, with particular focus on mental health, cognitive function, and environmental / lifestyle / external influences (e.g. RF-EMF, physical activity, COVID-19) in collaboration with PI, Co-PI, the research team and external collaborators.
You will also be responsible for undertaking epidemiological / statistical analysis of health and exposure data, using appropriate statistical software, as directed by senior researchers.
You should hold an MSc or equivalent in Epidemiology / Public Health or related quantitative field, as well as a strong background in Epidemiology / Public Health. You should have experience of analysing epidemiological or psychological/cognitive data and good knowledge of epidemiological concepts and techniques. Experience of conducting fieldwork / data collection, ideally with children/young people is essential for this role.
The position is available on a fixed term, full time basis for 12 months based at St Mary’s Campus (Paddington), although currently mainly remote working from home, due to Covid-19.
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