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Mental Health Research & Development Associate - Children with Developmental Disorders

Cardiff University - Cardiff University School of Medicine

Location: Carmarthen
Salary: £26,500 + per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 14th September 2018
Closes: 14th October 2018
Job Ref: 7797BR

We have an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate or postgraduate to fast-track their career development as a Research & Development Associate in a highly innovative Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) between the Division of Psychological Medicine and Clinical Neurosciences at Cardiff University and Cerebra, a leading charity for children with developmental disabilities.

We are seeking a high calibre individual with experience in mental health, psychology and genomics who, through applied research knowledge, will develop novel approaches for improving family support to directly benefit children with brain disorders. The successful candidate will be employed by the University but based mainly at Cerebra Headquarters in Carmarthen, Wales, with frequent travel between centres.

The KTP, sponsored by Welsh Government, aims to develop more effective ways of ensuring families of children with intellectual and developmental disorders (IDDs) have greater access to modern integrated genomics and psychiatry services according to family needs and preferences.

We will recruit a creative, highly motivated individual who is passionate about children’s mental health. The successful candidate should be educated to degree level (minimum 2:1) or hold a postgraduate qualification in psychology or a closely related discipline. Experience of developmental psychology, psychiatry and genetics would be an advantage, but specialist training will be available. Experience gained within the Third Sector for disabilities and/or rare disorders, either through previous employment or student placement would be an advantage.

There will be an opportunity to register and study for a PhD during the project.

Essential attributes of the candidate are strong communication skills, attention to detail, ability to work independently and a commitment to strategic third sector business development through evidence-based knowledge. You will need to demonstrate experience in analytical, cross-disciplinary approaches to problem solving.

This post is full time (35 hours per week), available from 1st January 2019 and is fixed term for 3 years.

Salary: from £26,500 per annum

Date advert posted: Thursday, 13 September 2018

Closing Date: Sunday, 14 October 2018

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share arrangements.

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