Postdoctoral Researcher in Psychology
Birkbeck, University of London - Department of Psychological Sciences
United Kingdom

You will contribute to the programme of research in the Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT) project, which aims to examine the link between early life risk factors (i.e. undernutrition and poverty) and cognitive development over the first two years of life. This is a multi-site project with researchers based in London (Birkbeck, KCL and UCL), Cambridge (UK) and Keneba (The Gambia). Data acquisition on the BRIGHT project has been contingent on adapting and translating assessments (originally developed in high income settings) for use in a low income, resource poor setting in a rural community in The Gambia. Central to this work is the expertise of researchers who have been living and working in The Gambia and who understand the context in which the data has been collected and the required cultural and linguistic adaptations for this particular geographic location. You will be responsible for the analysis of the population specific adapted infant and family measures undertaken in this interdisciplinary project. Therefore it is essential that the post holder understands the local language of Mandinka so they can directly inform analysis design and can code video and questionnaire based data.

You will be joining a busy, experienced, supportive team who are moving into a data analysis phase of the BRIGHT project. Expertise in exactly how the data has been acquired and, particularly the specific limitations of the required adaptations, is critical in informing how the data can be analysed and interpreted. For this reason we need a researcher who is familiar with Mandinka, and The Gambia, to directly inform the data analysis phase of the project. In addition, experience with infant behavioural experiments and excellent statistical skills are required. Though this project will primarily be based in the UK, a willingness to travel to The Gambia at intervals through the term of the post is also required.

Knowledge of longitudinal and interdisciplinary research, infant EEG/fNIRS/eye tracking methods, and neuroscience would be an advantage. Excellent communication and organisational skills are required as well as the ability to prioritise a busy workload. 

For further information about the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development,

Department of Psychological Sciences please visit the following website:

This post is full time, 35 hours per week (1.0 FTE) and fixed term from 1/10/19 to 31/12/20. 


Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £37,912 rising to £43,333 per annum

The salary quoted is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the Greater London area.


If you would like to know more about the role please click on apply below or contact Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox, via email: or Prof Clare Elwell, via email:

Birkbeck offers a competitive salary & pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements & some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London with access to all its facilities.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender & cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, membership of WISE, operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.

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