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Research Associate in Genetic / Epigenetic Psychology

University of Bath - Department of Psychology

Location: Bath, Hybrid
Salary: £37,099 to £44,263 Grade 7
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 16th February 2024
Closes: 3rd March 2024
Job Ref: CH11443

About the role:

The Department of Psychology are seeking a skilled and highly motivated Research Associate to lead on a range of innovative epi-/genetics projects related to an ERC/UKRI-funded 5-year project on BrainHealth.

The project, led by Dr Esther Walton, aims to map how epigenetic changes in blood track how our brain ages. Whereas most studies to date have focused on the issue of ageing from the ages 40 or 50 onwards, this work will take a novel approach looking at the ageing process right across people’s life courses – from birth to death.

In particular, you will consider the links between epigenetic ageing and mental health. A substantial body of research suggests that mental health conditions reduce life expectancy (by up to 20 years), yet less is currently known about what role changes in the brain play in that.

We have one vacancy available offered on a full time (36.5 hours per week) fixed-term basis. The post is funded for 37 months.

Informal enquiries about this role should be directed to Dr Esther Walton (ew685@bath.ac.uk) but please ensure you submit your application via our website.

About you:

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • A PhD in Psychology or related discipline
  • Extensive experience in epi-/genetic data analysis (genomicSEM, multivariable Mendelian Randomization, GWAS/EWAS) 
  • Experience and interest in conducting research in developmental psychopathology
  • Experience with R programming, advanced statistical and epi-/genetic skills 
  • Excellent team working, communication, and time management skills

Previous experience working successfully in an international and collaborative setting is highly desirable.

Further information:

This is a highly collaborative project. We will work together with collaborators at Cardiff University as well as international colleagues at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam (The Netherlands), and the National Institute of Mental Health (Czech Republic).

What we can offer you:

Find out more about our benefits.

We consider ourselves to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We have an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations and have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Silver Athena SWAN award. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds will lead to a better environment for our employees and students, so we encourage applications from all genders, backgrounds, and communities, particularly from under-represented groups, and value the positive impact that will have on our teams. 

We are very proud to be an autism friendly university and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

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