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Postdoctoral Research Associate

King's College London - Psychological Medicine - IoPPN

Location: London
Salary: £43,205 to £46,732 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 23rd February 2024
Closes: 19th March 2024
Job Ref: 084607
 

Job description

We are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join Dr. Gemma Modinos’ research team (https://modinoslab.com) in the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London.

As the successful candidate you will work as part of a multidisciplinary research team investigating relationships between schizotypy and brain functional and structural connectivity measures using a large-scale global ENIGMA consortium dataset (ENIGMA Schizotypy; enigma.ini.usc.edu).

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 3 years, with an option to extend by a further 2 years.

This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent.

Key responsibilities

  • To take a lead role in the synthesis and collation of a large dataset comprising behavioural data and multimodal neuroimaging data from multiple international research sites. Data management, quality control and synthesising data into analysable variables will all be required for this role.
  • To preprocess and analyse resting-state fMRI, DTI and T1-weighted MRI data from healthy individuals with varying degrees of self-reported schizotypy.
  • To organise and manage neuroimaging data, conduct statistical analyses and interpretation, prepare scientific manuscripts and disseminate results at scientific meetings.
  • To operate independently with regular mentoring as part of a strong multidisciplinary team.
  • To work collaboratively with others in the direct research team, the wider research teams within the IoPPN and within the ENIGMA consortium.
  • To continually update own knowledge and understanding of the field and practical skills in neuroimaging data analyses.
  • To develop own research interests.
  • To contribute to administrative and other duties as directed.

*The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post. *

Skills, knowledge, and experience

**Essential criteria **

  • PhD in neuroimaging, computer science, bioinformatics, medicine, neuroscience, psychology or equivalent.*
  • Experience of acquiring and analysing brain MRI data from human participants (e.g., FreeSurfer, FSL, SPM).
  • Good publication record within the relevant field.
  • Self-motivated, reliable, able to work effectively as part of a research team and motivation to contribute to a good research culture.
  • Excellent time-management and organisational skills, including ability to prioritise and manage multiple tasks.
  • Familiarity with effective communication across collaborating groups.
  • High level of competence in written and spoken English.
  • Interested in further developing advanced neuroimaging data analysis skills.
  • Desire to develop own academic / research career in related areas.

Desirable criteria

  • Proficiency in programming (MATLAB, Python, R, Unix/Linux shell, and/or other languages).
  • Prior experience in engaging with an international network.
  • Experience of supervising more junior staff or students.

* Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

Closing date: 19 March 2024

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