Postdoctoral Researcher

Birkbeck, University of London - Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development

Purpose and Main Duties
Applications are invited for a talented and ambitious post-doctoral research associate to join a team of behaviour geneticists and developmental psychologists interested in the genetic and neural origins of atypical development. The post holder will be based at the Centre of Brain and Cognitive Development ( at Birkbeck College, University of London. This is an exciting opportunity for an enthusiastic individual to join a dynamic and interdisciplinary group, and develop their research profile and collaborative links.

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with a deeply phenotyped (including behavioural, neurocognitive and neuroimaging measures) prospective longitudinal study of infants at familial risk of atypical development, for whom high-density genotyping data (including whole exome sequencing) is available. The project will combine genetic and phenotypic data to better understand causal developmental paths between genetic risk, atypical brain development and the emergence of autism symptoms in infants and toddlers.

Candidate Requirements
The ideal candidate has a PhD and strong background in genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, behaviour genetics, or a related field. The applicant must have demonstrated productivity, and experience in the application of statistical genetic and bioinformatic software packages for analysis of genomic datasets. Experience in working with neurocognitive measures, and a keen interest in neurodevelopmental disorders is an advantage. Proficiency in a programming or scripting language is desirable, but not essential.

Please note that the post is a fixed term period of 18 months.

Duties and responsibilities
The post holder will be required to perform the key analyses as set out in the Simon’s Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) pilot grant, “Delineating neurodevelopmental causal paths to autism symptoms in infancy”, awarded to Dr Emma Meaburn and Dr Emily Jones. More generally, they will contribute to the development of research proposals and/or objectives, and to conduct and write up both individual and collective research projects for publication.

About the Department
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Further Information

Salary: Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £37,169 rising to £42,483 per annum.

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and fixed term for 18 months. The salary quoted above is on the College's London Pay Scale and includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area. The initial salary will be dependent on the skills and experience of the successful applicant. The appointment is subject to a probationary period of 12 months. Birkbeck also provides a generous defined benefit pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and other great benefits.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on Sunday 25 March 2018.

Interviews are likely to be held week beginning Monday 16 April 2018.

Informal enquires on the role can be made to Dr Meaburn ( or Dr Jones ( A link to the PDF document containing the job description and person specification is below.

Recruitment Pack - 12461.pdf

Birkbeck welcomes applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award and membership of WISE, operating the Disability Confident and Mindful Employer schemes, is a Stonewall Diversity Champion and is working towards the Race Equality Charter Mark.

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