Research Associate job at KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

job description

This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to the leadership and management of a new UKRI Network Plus (“RESPECT 4 Neurodevelopment”). RESPECT for Neurodevelopment stands for responsible, reliable, scalable and personalized neurotechnology for neurodevelopmental conditions. Our goal is to build a multidisciplinary community to advance child-specific neurotechnologies to support precision medicine for neurodevelopmental conditions. To achieve this, we will create the first UK-based hub that brings together leading bioengineering and physics communities from academia and industry working on neuroimaging, wearable and mobile technologies (e.g. MRI, fNIRS, EEG, eye tracking, digital technologies), neuroscientists, psychologists and psychiatrists working on early brain development and neurodevelopmental disorders, and neurodiverse individuals and families with lived experience who will use these technologies. They are joined by bioethicists who advise on legal and ethical issues arising from these new technologies, as well as health care providers and policy makers who will implement them in the health care system.

The incumbent will contribute to the main objectives of the network, including;

  1. Organize strategically targeted meetings and working groups to build an inclusive multidisciplinary community;
  2. Develop (in conjunction with the Steering Committee and Scientific Advisory Board) funding calls for innovative pump priming feasibility studies to support greater investment in this area;
  3. Contribute to key network outputs, such as white papers that identify barriers, drivers, and priority areas for the use of specific neurotechnologies (MRI, EEG, fNIRS) in specific target populations (infants, toddlers) and for specific purposes (biomarkers, intervention);
  4. Help develop a strategic roadmap to accelerate the translation of research technology into scalable tools used in clinics and at home by engaging with industry and NHS partners;
  5. Organize educational workshops and cross-sectoral secondments, to attract and train early career researchers, and develop a strategy for future multidisciplinary training fellowships.
  6. Work with industry partners on the long-term sustainability of the network.

This position will be offered on a 3-year CDD [until May 2025]

This is a 0.5 part time position

Main responsibilities

  • Act as a key point of contact for network members across a range of UK and international academic institutions, industry, SMEs, charities, neurodiverse communities, policy makers, regulators and others key stakeholders;
  • Work with the Steering Committee and the Scientific Advisory Board to set up calls for Pump-Prime feasibility projects;
  • Oversee and prepare research contracts, including resources and costs;
  • Track and verify completion of deliverables and mitigate risks and timely communication to PIs/Co-Is;
  • Organize meetings, including annual general meetings, sandboxes, summer schools, training workshops;
  • Work with a web developer and communications officer to create, maintain and update the network’s website
  • Work with diverse stakeholders, including academics, industry partners, charities and families with lived experience in developing a strategic roadmap to accelerate the translation of research technology into scalable tools used in clinics and at home by engaging with industry and NHS partners
  • Work with the Training Board to develop a longer term training strategy to build a skilled workforce in the UK.
  • Work with the Industry/Sustainability Council to determine the network’s unique selling point for potential stakeholders (industry, funding agencies, regulators), consider legal structure and financial planning to maintain/expand network infrastructure after the life of the grant through separate public and private funding opportunities.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive and the post holder will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected within the scope and classification of the post.

Essential criteria

  1. PhD in psychology, neuroscience, biomedical science, bioengineering or related disciplines
  2. Knowledge of non-invasive neuroimaging techniques (e.g., EEG, MRI, fNIRS), wearable technologies AND/OR early brain development/neurodevelopmental conditions
  3. Expertise with standard project management tools and processes including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and remote meeting tools such as MS Teams.
  4. Experience in preparing project documents, including network plans and reports
  5. Experience coordinating research projects and project activities, ideally in a higher education/research setting
  6. Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills
  7. Demonstrable ability to work effectively with a range of relevant stakeholders (e.g. industry partners, charities) for effective project implementation
  8. Strong time management and organizational skills to enable work planning on multiple projects, partners and members across the network

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience in science communication
  2. Experience in setting up research contracts
  3. Experience in managing budgets, financial reporting and providing sound financial management advice to the Budget Officer
  4. Experience in facilitating focus groups, sandboxes

More information

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.