Stage Researcher in Marie Curie Early
The University of Edinburgh, School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
United Kingdom

We have an opening for a full time three-year Research Assistant (Early-Stage Researcher) position leading to a PhD, as part of the multidisciplinary Neo-PRISM-C project (NEurodevelopmental Optimal-Predictors, Risk factors, and Intervention from a Systems approach to Maladjustment in Children). This is a 4-year international collaborative research-training project funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie action of the European Union. It is part of the Innovative Training Network (ITN) actions (http://www.neoprismc.org/).

 

This is a high-profile position that offers exceptional benefits ideally suited for top graduates.

This position is based in the Psychology Department, in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Enrolment in a PhD programme in the Psychology Department and study toward a doctoral degree is an essential part of this position.

 

You will join an established research team specialising in early child development and neurodevelopmental disorders, led by Dr Bonnie Auyeung. You will be expected to work with other investigators of the network, both at Edinburgh and at the other network nodes.

 

You will have a masters in a discipline related to the work we do in the lab (e.g., psychology, psychiatry, neuroscience, genetics, biostatistics, bioinformatics). You will have a high level of advanced data science and computational skills (e.g., multivariate statistics, statistical learning, coding skills in MATLAB, R, Python, machine learning) and experience dealing with big data. Ideally, you will have experience in child development, neurodevelopmental disorders, critical review and analysis.

 

Potential applicants must not have resided or worked/studied in the UK for more than 12 months over the past 3 years (from date of appointment); and also must be within four years from award of degree that allowed the applicant to embark on a PhD.

 

The salary is ARC 51/52 on the Marie Curie Scale.

The post is available from 1st December 2019 for 36 months. Shortlisting and interviews are expected to be held in August 2019.
Closing date: 5pm (GMT) 26th July 2019.

1. Job Details

Job title: Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher

School/Support Department: School of Philosophy, Psychology & Language Sciences

Unit (if applicable): Psychology

Line manager: Dr Bonnie Auyeung

 

2. Job Purpose

Marie Curie Early-Stage Researcher Fellowships are aimed at the most talented recent graduates, who have the potential to produce outstanding doctoral research within emerging areas of research. These prestigious and competitively salaried fellowships offer a rare opportunity for outstanding young graduates to embark on a top-quality international, cross-sector research-training programme.

Participation in the Neo-PRISM-C will offer the ESRs: 
• Project-specific research 
• Scientific collaboration 
• Secondments to partner organizations 
• Participation in workshops and courses /training on scientific and entrepreneurial skills 
• Excellent supervision 
• A competitive salary, including social security coverage and additional resources to take part in international conferences and collaborations.

The Edinburgh component of this project will be focused on the research theme, ‘Understanding the effects of prenatal maternal infections on developmental outcomes, autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities’. The goals of this sub-project are: 
(1) To examine the association of prenatal maternal infections and the onset of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), learning disabilities and behavioural difficulties. 
(2) To analyse, interpret and present findings from available healthcare and child development data from a variety of sources. These will include 30,000 complete sets of patient data for mother and child from the National Health Service, education records from the city of Glasgow, and a comprehensive series of child development measures throughout early life. The candidate will be expected to use the available data to develop an integrated view of maternal health during pregnancy and subsequent child development.

 

3. Main Responsibilities

This position is based in the Department of Psychology in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences in Edinburgh. You will be expected to work with other investigators of the network, both at Edinburgh and at the other network nodes. Willingness to travel within the UK and abroad for project placements, meetings, and training events is essential.

Specific duties for the research-training project associated with this position include:

• Critically review the literature and further develop expertise in this area 
• Undertake a series of complex statistical analyses of data collected related to the proposed project, and potentially design and implement other smaller, complementary projects. The post-holder will assist in providing the technical leadership for the project. 
• Keep up-to-date with on-going research associated with the field and project and develop, accumulate and maintain knowledge of the scientific literature relevant to the field. 
• Maintain accurate records of the project research and administrative paperwork. 
• Undertake other appropriate project-related duties as required by the investigators for the completion of the project. 
• Embark on secondments to other network sites (see http://www.neoprismc.org/). 
• Develop analytical and research methods to solve problems at hand, working closely with researchers on the project based in Edinburgh, national and international collaborators. 
• Contribute to the publication of results from the project by preparing manuscripts for submission to peer-reviewed journals and presenting results at international conferences. 
• Participate in meetings and training activities on-site and abroad; present work at events within the UK and abroad as well as visit other network sites, linked to the project. 
Enrolment in a PhD programme at the School of PPLS and study toward a doctoral degree is an essential part of this position.

 

4. Planning and Organising

The post-holder will be expected to manage the day-to-day project objectives. They will oversee the preparation, collection and analyses of data.

The post-holder is expected to work on their own initiative under the guidance of the senior staff and within the terms and conditions as set out by the funding body.

The post-holder must be able to manage and reprioritise unexpected work as it arises, for example in response to new developments in the current field of investigation.

 

5. Problem Solving

The post-holder will be required to work with the study investigators to decide which variables are the most appropriate for analysis.

The post-holder will be required to choose and apply the appropriate statistical analysis tools for understanding the effects of prenatal maternal infections on developmental outcomes, autism spectrum disorder and learning disabilities.

The post-holder will be required to work with the grant investigators to decide which reports to draft and submit for peer-review journals and to present at conferences.

 

6. Decision Making

The post holder will be given limited freedom to decide on the appropriate methodology for the work. They will also need to be able to assess timescales and adjust goals as appropriate so that results can be achieved over the wider timescale and aims of the project.

The post-holder must be able to work independently with minimum supervision. Personal time management will be very important.

The post-holder will work with the study investigators to choose the most appropriate variables, analysis models, and reports to prepare for publication.

 

7. Key Contacts/Relationships

The post holder will principally interact with the Principal Investigator and other project staff and students, both in Edinburgh and across the other DIAPHORA nodes. The post holder will be expected to represent the University externally, by presenting their work at specialist meeting or workshops in the relevant research area. 
• Internal: There will be day-to day contact with the University of Edinburgh Investigators on the project, Dr Bonnie Auyeung and Dr Nicolas Chevalier. 
• External: Other co-investigators from Neo-PRISM-C group.

 

8. Knowledge, Skills and Experience Needed for the Job

Essential criteria: 
E1- Masters in Psychology or a related discipline 
E2- Proven experience of research in the field 
E3- Demonstrable English Language proficiency, in both written and spoken form 
E4- Strong communication and teamwork skills 
E5- Must not have resided or worked/studied in the UK for more than 12 months over the past 3 years (from date of appointment); must be within four years from award of degree that allowed the applicant to embark on a PhD 
E6- Must have a high level of advanced data science and computational skills (e.g., multivariate statistics, statistical learning, coding skills in MATLAB, R, Python, machine learning), and experience dealing with big data. 
E7- The ability to manage data efficiently, keeping incoming data well organised and accurate (using for example a scripting tool such as R). 
E8- The ability to communicate complex information clearly orally and in writing within a multi-disciplinary team. The ability to prioritise and multi-task effectively across different research groups.

Desirable criteria: 
D1- Publications in areas relevant to the research project 
D2- Experience in relevant techniques 
D3- Experience of working in larger teams, ideally with some responsibility for tasks or individuals

 

9. Dimensions 
This is a 4-year international collaborative research-training project funded by the Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie action of the European Union. It is part of the Innovative Training Network (ITN) actions (http://www.neoprismc.org/).

 

10. Job Context and any other relevant information

This position is based in the Psychology Department, in the School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences at the University of Edinburgh. Enrolment in a PhD programme in the Psychology Department and study toward a doctoral degree is an essential part of this position.

You will join an established research team specialising in early child development and neurodevelopmental disorders, led by Dr Bonnie Auyeung. You will be expected to work with other investigators of the network, both at Edinburgh and at the other network nodes.

 

Application Procedure

All applicants should apply online by clicking the apply link at the bottom of this page and submitting an up to date CV The application process is quick and easy to follow, and you will receive email confirmation of safe receipt of your application. The online system allows you to submit a CV and other attachments.

We anticipate interviews will be held in August 2019. You will be notified by email whether you have been shortlisted for interview or not. 
The closing date is 5pm (GMT) 26h July 2019.

 

Eligibility to Work

In accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and Immigration Act 2016 the University of Edinburgh, as an employer, has a legal responsibility to prevent illegal working and therefore must check that all employees are entitled to work in the United Kingdom (UK). 
To do so, the University requires to see original documents evidencing right to work in the UK before commencement of employment and this is normally carried out at interview. Details will be provided in any letter of invitation to interview.

For further information on eligibility to work please visit our eligibility to work webpage

If you are from outside the EEA and not currently eligible to work in the UK, there are visa routes that may be available to you, for example: 

  • Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent): If you are an academic in the field of sciences; humanities; engineering; medicine; digital technology; or the arts, it may be possible for you to apply for a Tier 1 (Exceptional Talent) visa. This route requires you to apply to be endorsed as an internationally recognised leader or emerging leader in your particular field by a designated competent body (Arts Council England, British Academy, Royal Academy of Engineering, Royal Society, Tech City UK). However, if you are applying for a senior academic role, e.g. Professor/Reader there is an accelerated route to endorsement. Further information can be found on the UKVI website

 

  • Tier 2: The University is a UKVI licensed sponsor and is able to issue a Certificate of Sponsorship (CoS) to successful candidates who are offered highly skilled roles and meet the eligibility criteria. The CoS enables candidates to apply for a Tier 2 (general visa).

 

Further information about whether you require a visa and other visa routes can be found at: www.gov.uk/check-uk-visa

 

Conditions of Employment

Pension Scheme

This role is grade ARC 51/52 and therefore the post holder is automatically included in membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS), subject to the USS membership criteria, unless they indicate that they choose not to join the Scheme.

For further information please visit our Pensions website.

 

Salary

The role is grade ARC 51/52 (Marie Curie Scale, dependent in USS membership) and attracts an annual salary of £ £34,587 p.a (ARC 51 – with USS enrolment) or £39,786 p.a (ARC 52 – with no USS enrolment), equated to full time hours . Salary is paid monthly by direct transfer to your Bank or Building Society account, normally on the 28th of the month. Salaries for part-time staff are calculated on the full-time scales, pro-rata to the Standard Working Week.

The University reserves the right to vary the candidate information or make no appointment at all. Neither in part, nor in whole does this information form part of any contract between the University and any individual.

 

 

 

 


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