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Research Fellow

UCL - Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology

Location: London
Salary: £35,965 to £36,945 The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7, per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 30th June 2020
Closes: 21st August 2020
Job Ref: 1867880
 

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow to work on a study that will investigate the needs and characteristics of autistic older adults. This groundbreaking project, called AUDIT, is funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust. 

Reporting to the Principal Investigators of the project, the successful applicant will join a dynamic team at UCL, a leading UK university with an international reputation for research on both ageing and autism. The wider research team comprises diverse experts from UCL, King’s College London and the University of Exeter. The post holder will set up and coordinate the project in achieving its three

  1. To provide the first estimate of UK autism diagnostic coverage among people aged over 50 years, elucidating inequalities in diagnostic provision;
  2. To describe the mental and physical health needs of over 50s diagnosed with autism, and their receipt of healthcare, identifying any autism-related inequalities in provision;  
  3. To better understand the experiences of over 50s with high autistic traits (including those with no diagnosis); investigating how high levels of autistic traits relate to cognitive and mental health in ageing, and mechanisms underpinning these relationships;  

It is important to note that the primary focus of the project is on secondary data analysis and thus it is not subject to delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Duties and responsibilities You will be part of a vibrant multidisciplinary team and will work on successful completion of the project from inception to dissemination under direction of the PIs. You will play a key role in shaping the AUDIT project, including sourcing relevant data from large primary care and general population databases, data analysis, drafting peer reviewed papers and writing reports for the funder. The setting as well as the opportunities and responsibilities of the post will provide an excellent opportunity for research career development.  

This post is funded for 36 months in the first instance.

We are looking for someone with excellent quantitative data analysis skills who has experience of working on research projects involving large longitudinal datasets and who has conducted statistical analysis of those data, as well as authoring peer reviewed publications.

You will need to have a PhD in psychology, neuroscience or epidemiology or a professional doctorate in clinical psychology. We will also consider applications from people with relevant experience and publications who are in the last year of their PhD.  You will ideally have an interest in ageing and/or autism research.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

Please submit a covering letter and CV. If you have questions about applying, please contact Dr Josh Stott on j.stott@ucl.ac.uk or Dr Will Mandy on w.mandy@ucl.ac.uk

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