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Post-doctoral Research Associate

King's College London - Social, Genetic & Dev Psychiatry MRC

Location: London
Salary: £38,304 to £40,414 including London Weighting Allowance
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th May 2021
Closes: 25th July 2021
Job Ref: 022084
 

Job description

We are looking for an enthusiastic postgraduate with a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, life sciences, genetics, epidemiology or a related subject.
 
The sucessful applicant will work as a Postdoctoral Research Associate with Prof Thalia Eley in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre and will be a member of her Emotional Development, Intervention and Treatment ( EDIT) Lab. The post is part of a 5-year MRC-funded project led by Prof Eley, focussed on understanding genetic and environmental influences on the development and intergenerational transmission of anxiety and depression.
 
The EDIT Lab strives to be a diverse research environment that is open, welcoming and supportive to all. Faculty-wide initiatives are supported by an active Diversity & Inclusion Team. The EDIT Lab is currently predominately women from white backgrounds. To ensure that we are the diverse team we strive to be, we particularly welcome applications from men and individuals from all any other race or ethnicity background (E.g. Black, Asian, Latinx). Please see the Group Culture tab for more information on this.
 
If successful, you will work with data from the Twins Early Development Study ( TEDS). The TEDS team have followed thousands of twin pairs since birth, tracking their emotional, cognitive and behavioural development. This summer we are launching a major mental health assessment  as the twins reach their late twenties. We are also engaged in a challenging new effort linking the twins’ medical records to the information we already hold on them. You will lead analyses of the data resulting from these activities.
 
If successful, you will actively develop hypotheses, conduct genetic and genomic analyses and write up findings for publication. You will have the opportunty to attend relevant international meetings such as the Behavior Genetics Association and World Congress in Psychiatric Genetics. You will report to Prof Eley, but will also work with other team members including the database manager, research assistants, PhD students, postdocs and other investigators including Prof Robert Plomin.
 
You will also oversee the curation of the genomic data held on the TEDS twins (e.g. creation of updated genome-wide polygenic scores), and enable the use of these data beyond the core team. You will have the opportunity to get involved in other projects beside TEDS and participate in faculty-wide initiatives such as our annual Research Festival and Postdoc Network.
 
The EDIT Lab members believe in Open and Reproducible Science. All papers are pre-registered on the Open Science Framework.
 
Contract
This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 4 years/48 months (ending no later than 31/12/2025.
This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent
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