We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research associate to work on a research program to characterize early development in infants with epilepsy and to identify predictors of subsequent behavioral outcomes, with a focus on autism. The successful candidate will be supervised by Dr Charlotte Tye (Department of Psychology, IoPPN) and join a larger team studying neurocognitive approaches to understanding atypical development, led by Professor Tony Charman.
The incumbent will coordinate the Brain development in Early Epilepsy study (www.beestudia.co.uk), a longitudinal study of 80 infants with epilepsy at multiple points in the first two years of life, funded by a scholarship. joint of Epilepsy Research UK and Autistic. The study includes a comprehensive battery of standardized and tailored behavioral assessments and administration of an experimental battery, including EEG and eye tracking. Assessments will largely be at home and the post requires travel across the UK to visit families. The incumbent will lead data analysis and preparation of results for publication and presentation to academic and non-professional audiences.
This position is ideally suited for someone interested in developmental cognitive neuroscience and experimental / clinical research with children with neurodevelopmental difficulties. This is a unique opportunity for an exceptional early-career investigator to lead and develop new research on the overlap between epilepsy and autism and to collaborate with world-renowned clinical academics.
This position is advertised as a full-time position, but we welcome applications for a part-time position at a minimum of 80% FTE.
This position will be offered on a 26-month fixed-term contract initially.
This is a full time position. Applications for a part-time position at 80% full-time equivalent are welcome.
- Pilot and implement a battery of experimental, neurocognitive and behavioral tests at home to follow the development of infants with epilepsy
- Coordinate UK-wide longitudinal data collection with families of infants with epilepsy, overseeing a small team contacting families to arrange home visits
- Work closely with clinical collaborators, NHS Trusts and charities to recruit new families for the study
- Ensure quality control of data acquisition and entry into bespoke database systems and overall data management
- Coding and analysis of data in a variety of formats, including behavioral and neurocognitive data (EEG, eye tracking)
- Take the lead in data analysis and write articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals and make presentations at international conferences
- Engage with charitable funders and opportunities for community involvement and engagement, including assisting in Integrated PPI (BEE-PP) work
- Maintain the NHS Research Ethics Board and appropriate governance approvals
- Supervise undergraduate students and interns.
- Prepare reports for study PIs and team meetings
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the incumbent will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities that can reasonably be expected in the course and classification of the position.
Skills, knowledge and experience
1. Doctorate awarded (or nearly completed) in psychology, neuroscience or related discipline
2. Knowledge of autism, epilepsy, or related neurodevelopmental research literature, particularly as it relates to neurocognitive development
3. Experience liaising with parents and / or professionals to conduct research studies and recruit participants
4. Experience in standardized and / or clinical assessments with atypically developing children
5. Experience in conducting behavioral and / or experimental studies with young children
6. Skills in data analysis, including database management and statistical analysis techniques relevant to longitudinal studies (eg mixed models, SEM, R, Stata, MPlus or other appropriate program)
7. A strong publication and public speaking / conference record commensurate with career level
8. Experience in working and communicating research results to non-academic communities
9. Previous experience in project management, including supervision and organization of junior staff and students
1. Experience in conducting experimental studies using EEG and / or eye tracking
2. Experience and understanding of eye tracking and / or EEG data analysis (e.g. Brain Vision Analyzer, Matlab / EEGLAB)
3. Previous training and experience in autism diagnostic instruments (ADOS, ADI)
Please note that this is a doctoral level position, but applicants who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting their doctoral degree will be considered. In these circumstances, the appointment will be made at level 5, spine point 30 with the title of research assistant. After confirmation of the doctoral award, the job title will become a research associate and the salary will increase to grade 6.
About the faculty: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/about
About the Department of Psychology: https://www.kcl.ac.uk/psychology-systems-sciences/about/departments/psychology
Suggested interview date: Beginning of November 2021
Proposed start date: Early 2022