Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Exeter - College of Life and Environmental Sciences - School of Psychology, Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health

We are pleased to offer an outstanding opportunity for a Research Fellow with advanced statistical skills to join the lively and growing team in the Centre for Research in Ageing and Cognitive Health (REACH) http://psychology.exeter.ac.uk/reach/, based at our St Luke’s campus. This post is available from 1st March 2018, or as soon as possible thereafter, for two years.

The successful applicant will contribute statistical and methodological expertise across REACH projects, with a particular focus on the IDEAL programme. This longitudinal cohort study of people living with dementia and carers, begun in 2014 with ESRC large grant funding, is currently collecting the third wave of data and has been funded as an Alzheimer’s Society Centre of Excellence to continue for a further three waves of data collection.

The post-holder will undertake a range of cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses, including the development of bespoke statistical methods building on recent methodological advances, and will also contribute statistical skills to initiatives such as evaluation of existing and newly-developed measures, evaluation of implementation outcomes, and systematic reviews. S/he will be expected to both lead on and contribute to study-related publications and new funding applications, including leading on applications that could provide continuation funding.

To apply for this post you must have a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification. You will be EITHER a social sciences researcher with advanced statistical skills (for example knowledge of one or more of the following: longitudinal data analysis, structural equation models, Bayesian methods, latent class modelling or item response theory) OR a statistician with experience of applying statistical skills to research projects using psychosocial measures.

To do well in the post you will need outstanding statistical and methodological skills, excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others, advise team members on statistical and methodological issues, and act as team leader as required. You will have, or will be prepared to rapidly gain, sufficient knowledge of psychological and social aspects of ageing and/or dementia to enable you to develop and implement projects and supervise others. You will have a strong track-record of publications in relation to your career stage.

REACH spans the School of Psychology, the Institute of Health Research within the University of Exeter Medical School, PenCLAHRC and the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health, and is a partner in the Australian Centre of Research Excellence in Cognitive Health, providing a superb environment in which to develop a research career. The post-holder will also benefit from the wider opportunities and support for career development provided by the University of Exeter, a Russell Group University in the top one per cent of institutions globally.

Please read the detailed job description before applying, and in your application please indicate clearly how you meet the essential and desirable criteria for the post. For further information please contact Professor Linda Clare, e-mail l.clare@exeter.ac.uk or Dr Sharon Nelis, s.m.nelis@exeter.ac.uk.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

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