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Research Associate

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

University of Cambridge, Trinity Ln, Cambridge, UK


  • Posted on: 15th Sep 2021
  • Salary: £33,309-£40,927
  • REF: SU28166
  • Closes: 06th October 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned research institute with state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience facilities, a hearing laboratory, and a dedicated developmental research clinic (the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory).

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position to help direct and conduct research in the Centre for Attention Learning and Memory (CALM) under the leadership of Dr Duncan Astle. Research conducted in CALM adopts a transdiagnostic approach to characterising the broad mixed population of children and adolescents who struggle at school. To date, over 800 children with difficulties in attention, learning and / memory have been assessed. We are now well into the process of conducting a longitudinal follow-up of those youngsters.

This research cross-cuts cognitive, educational and clinical research and candidates with expertise and interests in any of these areas will be considered. Applicants with experience in child mental health and cognitive development are strongly encouraged to apply.

You should hold a PhD in cognitive psychology or related field, plus experience of working with developmental groups with either language difficulties or problems in learning, attention, memory or mental health. Detailed knowledge of cognitive methods and theory are essential, plus a commitment to building translational opportunities where appropriate. Good interpersonal skills are also essential. You will be able to provide clear seminars on complex issues to an interdisciplinary audience, provide authoritative advice, manage students and staff, and work as part of team on collaborative projects. The position is an ideal springboard for scientists interested in bringing advanced cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience to development to improve educational and mental health outcomes.

The MRC CBU has been at the forefront of embracing the values of credible and open science and strives for replicable and reproducible research. For this goal we support transparent research with open data, open materials, robust research methods, and study pre-registration, where relevant. Candidates are asked to describe in what way they already pursued and plan to pursue these goals

For inquiries, contact Duncan Astle, by email: duncan.astle@mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk. Information on the unit can be found at http://www.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk. Background about CALM can be found here http://calm.mrc-cbu.cam.ac.uk/

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 24 months in the first instance.

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). This appointment also requires a Research Passport application.

We particularly welcome applications from women and candidates from a BME background for this vacancy as they are currently under-represented at this level in our department.

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

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SU28166 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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