Post-Doctoral Researcher

Vacancy Reference Number
Closing Date
11 Jun 2021
£38,304 to £39,345 including London Weighting Allowance
King's College London
2 years

Job Details

We are looking to recruit one postdoctoral researcher to join our lab in the Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King's College London (KCL).

The post holder will manage, lead and disseminate an ESRC-funded programme of research on sensitive periods for adversity. Using quantitative techniques, as well as qualitative approaches, the post holder will work with Dr Delia Fuhrmann (KCL), Prof Rogier Kievit (The Donders Institute, Netherlands) and the charity Barnardo’s to leverage large existing datasets to gain a better understanding of the effects of adversity on mental health, cognition and brain structure across different ages, with a particular focus on youth.

The post holder will have a strong interest in theory-based developmental cognitive neuroscience, and work with the team to capitalize on the recent rapid increase in the availability of large lifespan cohorts such as ABCD and ALSPAC.

The post holder will take the lead in developing analytic questions, testing and comparing developmental models, and prepare reports for journal publication with the post holder as first author. The post-holder will also lead on the dissemination strategy for the project.

Person Criteria

Essential criteria

•       Demonstrable interest in developmental research. 

•       PhD in (developmental) psychology, cognitive neuroscience, psychometrics or related field (either awarded or close to submission).

•       Data wrangling and data analysis skills using one or more script-based languages (eg R, or comparable). 

•       Understanding and application of advanced regression and/or factor analytic approaches (eg linear and non-linear mixed models, structural equation modelling, network analysis). 

•       Fluency in English and excellent written and spoken communication skills (demonstrated, eg in scientific papers, presentations). 

•       Interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate in academia.

•       Demonstrable interest in outreach work and collaborating with charity partners. 

•       Demonstrable interest in open science practices (eg data and code sharing)

Desirable criteria 

•       Expertise in developmental psychology (with a focus on childhood/adolescence)

•       Experience managing and analysing large datasets using quantitative techniques (expertise in nonlinear mixed models and/or dynamic measurement models would be particularly useful).

•       Experience in qualitative methods

How to Apply

Contact Details

Dr Delia Fuhrmann

Further Information

Candidates who only partially meet this profile are nonetheless strongly encouraged to apply.

Candidates should be able to take up the role in or around September 2021. Possible start dates should be indicated in your application.

A motivation letter, outlining interest in the position, qualifications and experience related to the vacancy, a curriculum vitae and names and addresses of two professional references should be attached to the application.

Interviews will be held on the 29 June. Shortlisted candidates will be asked to prepare a 10 min presentation about their previous work and how it links to the post.