Research Associate in Autism - 101446

University of Strathclyde - School of Education

FTE: 1.0 (Full time)
Term: Fixed (15 Months)
Closing date: 17/12/2017

We seek two energetic, dedicated researchers or practitioners with experience working with children with neurodevelopmental disorder. You will carry out an exciting, cutting-edge project on the efficacy of an iPad serious game assessment for children with autism spectrum disorder to test a new, early and accessible diagnostic instrument fun for children (see https://www.nature.com/articles/srep31107). You will contribute to the successful completion of a clinical diagnostic trial made 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. 

We wish to appoint a talented, enthusiastic Research Associate, with an intellectual and scientific interest in autism development and development of novel applications for early detection of autism through movement. This study and the work of our laboratory focusses on movement in autism, developing new instruments (wearables, sensors, tablets) and paradigms to detect and assess the subtle, but significant motor disruption in autism. 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.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the recruitment and assessment of children 3-5 years old with autism and those with other neurodevelopmental disorders and developing typically onto the trial. They will contribute as part of the research team in analysis of iPad gameplay data and ancillary questionnaire data. The successful candidate will also assist or lead development of new research objectives and proposals, write up research for publication in high quality peer reviewed journals, and identify sources of funding, including drafting grant proposals as appropriate.

Candidates will have a good honours degree and PhD (or equivalent) in Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Autism, Education, Psychology, Movement Science, Biomedical Engineering or relevant discipline. 

It is desirable candidates demonstrate a body of published research, in high quality publications and a sufficient breadth or depth of knowledge of autism spectrum disorder and other relevant discipline/s to contribute to research programme and to the development of research activities. Previous research activity, involving working with children and/or in developmental or clinical science (e.g. Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, developmental psychologists, autism scientists or practitioners, etc.) is essential.

The following Job Description and Person Specification are for an appointment made at Research Associate level, Grade RS07. For applicants who do not have a PhD, or equivalent work experience, or who have limited evidence of academic publications, the appointment may be made at the level of Research Assistant, Grade RS06 (salary range £27,285 - £30,688). The activities will be recalibrated to reflect the activities of a Research Assistant should appointment made be at that level.

Informal enquiries welcome to trials lead, Dr. Jonathan Delafield-Butt, jonathan.delafield-butt@strath.ac.uk.

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

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