Research Assistant in Autism

University of Strathclyde - School of Education

School of Education - Laboratory for Innovation in Autism

FTE: 1 (Full-time)
Term: Fixed (13 months)
Closing Date: 17/12/2017

We seek two energetic, dedicated researchers or practitioners with experience working with children with neurodevelopmental disorder at post-graduate or post-doctoral level. You will carry out an exciting, cutting-edge project on the efficacy of an iPad serious game assessment for children with autism spectrum disorder, as a route to new, early and accessible diagnostic instruments fun for children (see https://www.nature.com/articles/srep31107).

You will be a part of a clinical diagnostic trial in collaboration with the Gillberg Neuropsychiatry Centre at Gothenburg, and the Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen and funded from the EU H2020 through support of a start-up smart-tech company based in Kraków, Harimata.

One Research Assistant post (post-graduate, 13 months) and one Research Associate post (post-doc, 15 months, see vacancy reference 101446) are available. You will join the Laboratory for Innovation in Autism at the University of Strathclyde, a cross-disciplinary centre between Education, Psychology, and Biomedical and Electronics Engineering.

You will be talented and enthusiastic, you will have a good honours degree in Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Autism, Education, Developmental Psychology, Movement Science, Biomedical Engineering or other relevant discipline or equivalent experience and have excellent knowledge of assessments of children and related research methods. Your primary role will be assessment of children using the novel iPad gameplay and psychological questionnaires (ABAS, SDQ, etc.). You will be expected to assist in recruitment of new children into the study. And to contribute to the scientific work of the team. It is essential candidates demonstrate sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge in autism spectrum disorder and other relevant discipline/s to contribute to the research programme.

We warmly welcome applications from all researchers or practitioners with experience working with children. This study and the work of our Laboratory focusses on a particular aspect of autism, its significant but subtle movement disturbance. We are developing new instruments (wearables, sensors, tablets) and serious games to detect and assess the subtle, but significant motor disruption in fun ways. Research knowledge or interest in this direction will be an advantage, especially if you seek long-term involvement beyond this project through additional grants or study. We welcome the possibility for extension.

Formal interviews for this post will be held on Thursday, 21 December 2017.

Informal enquiries about the post can be directed to Dr Jonathan Delafield-Butt, Reader/Principal Investigator (jonathan.delafield-butt@strath.ac.uk).

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