Research Support Assistant

MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned research institute with state-of-the art cognitive neuroscience facilities. Applicants are invited for a Research Assistant to oversee the day-to-day running of a developmental research clinic at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. The clinic, which is housed in the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM) at the CBU, recruits children with difficulties in attention, learning and memory from local education and health community services. The clinic aims to generate unique data on the cognitive, neural and genetic characteristics of children with specific learning difficulties. The primary responsibility of the post-holder will be to oversee the day-to-day administration and testing of individual children for the project under the supervision of the manager of CALM, Dr Joni Holmes.

You will have a degree in psychology, neuroscience or a related field, and experience of working with children or other vulnerable groups. Basic computing skills (Word, Excel) and the ability to communicate effectively with child participants and their families are essential. This post would suit candidates with experience administering neuropsychological assessments to children with developmental disorders.

Choosing to come to work at the MRC CBU means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme, 30 days annual leave entitlement, flexible working arrangements, childcare vouchers, and additionally a salary sacrifice cycle scheme, as well as access to employee/shopping travel discounts.  On site car and bicycle parking is available.  We also provide a wide range of training opportunities to all our staff.

Our success is dependent on our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our staff.  As holders of an Athena SWAN bronze award we welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age.  As Disability Confident employers we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum essential criteria for the post.

For full details of this post and to complete an online application form visit and upload your CV along with a covering letter stating why you are applying for the post.

Closing date:  26th January 2017         

This position is subject to pre-employment screening

The Medical Research Council is an Equal Opportunities Employer

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