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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

This post is likely to have a start date in October 2018, or as soon as the successful candidate is available.

The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned research institute with state-of-the-art cognitive neuroscience facilities.

A research assistant is required to support an externally funded project which seeks to develop an autobiographical memory-based technique that may help to improve the efficacy of cognitive behavioural therapy for depression. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing three consecutive studies which will involve administering diagnostic interviews and structured cognitive assessments and tasks (e.g., cognitive reappraisal tasks, problem solving tasks, Wechsler tests) to individuals with mental health disorders. There is also the possibility to contribute to studies through administering cognitive-based therapeutic techniques. The research assistant will be responsible for basic administration  including recruitment and preparing ethics applications, completing data collection and data entry, basic statistics analysis (supported by the principal investigator), and contributing to writing journal publications. The research assistant will also be expected to contribute to the intellectual and academic environment of our research group. There are a number of benefits to the post, including authorship on resulting publications, regular clinical supervision regarding face to face work with clinical samples, an Honorary NHS contract, secured funding to complete University of Cambridge (e.g., statistics, research design) and NHS training programmes and to attend a domestic conference (e.g., British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies), in addition to support in developing applications for clinical psychology doctorate programmes.

You will have a degree (or equivalent) in psychology or a related discipline, plus a keen interest in experimental and clinical psychology. Experience of working with human volunteers, particularly those with mental health disorders is very desirable. You will also have a good knowledge of software packages and techniques for data analysis (e.g. SPSS) and document/presentation production (e.g. MS Office) and proved good abilities in time management.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a Disclosure and Barring Service check (enhanced with children and adults' barred lists).

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.

The closing date for applications is Sunday 30th September 2018 and interviews are yet to be confirmed.

Please quote reference SU16721 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.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,243 to £30,395
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th September 2018
Closes: 30th September 2018
Job Ref: SU16721
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