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Postdoctoral Research Fellow/Associate

University of Exeter - Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Psychology

Location: Exeter, Work from home
Salary: £31,411 to £48,841 Grade E or F, per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 7th December 2022
Closes: 18th December 2022
Job Ref: R84747

Salary:

For PDRA, from £31,411 up to £36,386 on Grade E,

for PDRF from £39,745 up to £48,841 on Grade F depending on qualifications and experience.

This full-time role is immediately available on a fixed term basis for 12 months. This role offers the opportunity for hybrid working – some time on campus and some from home. This role may be subject to additional background screening.

The post

The Department of Psychology wishes to recruit a Postdoctoral Research Associate or a Research Fellow to work on epigenomics and machine learning in relation to neurodevelopment in collaboration with the Complex Disease Epigenomics (led by professor Jonathan Mill), the Living Systems Institute (Prof. Krasimira Tsaneva-Atanasova) and the MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit at the University of Bristol (Dr Matthew Suderman). This externally-funded post is available immediately for a fixed duration of 12 months. The successful applicant will join a project funded by The Waterloo Foundation to understand attention-deficit-hyperactivity disorder and co-occurring traits by analysing longitudinal data from children with complex neurodevelopmental phenotypes, performing bioinformatic analyses and applying machine learning approaches.  

The post will include project management, literature reviews, advanced statistical analyses, diagnostic tools, conference presentations. The project will also involve connecting with families with ADHD throughout and it will provide an opportunity to the postholder for to engage with them and to conduct impactful and rewarding research. The project will be based at the University of Exeter in collaboration with the University of Bristol. Remote or hybrid working options within the UK are possible for this post. 

About you

The successful applicant will be able to develop research objectives, projects and proposals; identify sources of research funding and contribute to the process of securing funds and make presentations at conferences and other events.

Applicants will possess a relevant PhD or equivalent qualification/experience in a related field of study. The successful applicant will have expertise in bioinformatics/data science/genetic epidemiology and possess sufficient specialist knowledge in the discipline to develop research programmes and methodologies. The successful applicant will also be able to work collaboratively, supervise the work of others and act as team leader as required. Applicants will be able to perform genomic/epigenomic analyses and/or apply basic machine learning methods to molecular datasets. Knowledge on neurodevelopment is desirable but not essential.

What we can offer you

  • Freedom (and the support) to pursue your intellectual interests and to work creatively across disciplines to produce internationally exciting research;
  • Support teams that understand the University wide research and teaching goals and partner with our academics accordingly
  • An Innovation, Impact and Business directorate that works closely with our academics providing specialist support for external engagement and development
  • Our Exeter Academic initiative supporting high performing academics to achieve their potential and develop their career
  • A multitude of staff benefits including sector leading benefits around maternity, adoption and shared parental leave (up to 26 weeks full pay), Paternity leave (up to 6 weeks full pay), and a new Fertility Treatment Policy
  • A beautiful campus set in the heart of stunning Devon.

Further information

For further information please contact Dr Doretta Caramaschi, e-mail d.caramaschi@ex.ac.uk. The closing date for completed applications is 18 December. Interviews are expected to take place in the middle of January.

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