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Research Associate (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit

A 14 month position is available for a Research Associate with expertise in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD, particularly minimally-verbal ASD) and/or the cognitive neuroscience of receptive language processing and/or electroencephalography (EEG) acquisition and analysis. The post-holder will work with Dr. Alexandra Woolgar on a project using neuroimaging to index receptive language processing in individuals who do not speak. In particular, we seek to identify neural markers of receptive language in individual minimally-verbal children with ASD. The position would suit an open minded applicant with experience working with children and a passion for exploiting cognitive neuroscientific methods to answer important questions about cognition in this population.

Applicants should hold a PhD (or equivalent) in cognitive neuroscience or related field, and be certified in administration of the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule. Experience of working with children and experience of EG acquisition and analysis is essential. Experience using advanced analysis approaches (e.g., multivariate analyses) and previous research involving individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders is desirable.

Start date for this post is ideally 1st September 2020.

We are committed to the engagement and retention of the best possible talent and to creating an environment that encourages excellence in scientific research by supporting and encouraging equality and diversity. Candidates from minority groups and/or women are especially encouraged to apply.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 14 months 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).

The post is full-time but applications are welcome from those who would like to work flexibly.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit:

The closing date for applications is 1 June 2020.

For inquiries, contact Alex Woolgar: Information on the unit and research programme can be found at and

Please quote reference SU23078 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £32,816 to £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 4th May 2020
Closes: 1st June 2020
Job Ref: SU23078
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