Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Psychiatry

The Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network is a Wellcome Trust funded collaboration between the University of Cambridge and University College London. Over the last 5 years researchers have collected data from more than 2500 young people in the form of questionnaires, behavioural assessments, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scans and saliva samples.

The NSPN data curation research assistant will work with Dr Kirstie Whitaker to document and package this invaluable data set for release to, and use by, the wider scientific community.

Responsibilities will include, processing and documenting data from the Neuroscience in Psychiatry Network projects, including behavioural questionnaire measures, magnetic resonance imaging scans and genetic information. Liaising with researchers, principle investigators and data ethicists within the University of Cambridge to ensure that data is shared as widely and clearly as possible but without violating our participants' informed consent.

Required skills for this post are advanced level programming in python, high confidence using git and GitHub for project management and version control, as well as communication skills across a diverse and distributed team.

This position will be based at The Alan Turing Institute, which is headquartered at the British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB, although weekly travel to Cambridge is expected.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Dr Kirstie Whitaker at

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2018 in the first instance.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

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.

Closing date for applications is the 18th October 2017, Interviews will take place on 24th October 2017.

Please quote reference RN13528 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

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

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