Research Associate

Vacancy Reference Number
£33,797 to £40,322 per annum
Closing Date
16 Jun 2021
Cardiff University
3 years

Job Details

Main function 
To work on a project entitled: ‘IMAGINE-2: Stratifying Genomic Causes of Intellectual Disability by Mental Health Outcomes in Childhood and Adolescents’ studying individuals with rare genetic mutations associated with high risk of psychiatric disorder and impairments in cognitive function. 

Main Duties and Responsibilities 

•    To conduct research within psychiatric genetics and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences, and the recruitment and supervision of postgraduate research students.  
•  To recruit patients with rare genetic disorder  and assess a range of psychiatric disorders as well as cognitive function.
•  To co-ordinate the study, visit families with these patients within their homes throughout the UK (currently assessing online) to conduct detailed assessments and collect blood samples, to undertake data quality control, data analysis and preparation of research publications and ensure successful collaboration between the different sites of the project.
•    To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.
•    To attend and or present at conferences/seminars at a local and national level as required.
•    To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.
•    To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.
•    To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.
•    To participate in School research activities. 
•    To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.

•    To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School’s profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.
•    To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.
•    To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.
•    Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Person Criteria

Qualifications and Education
1.    Postgraduate degree at PhD level in Psychology or equivalent.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience
2.    An established expertise and proven portfolio of research within the following research fields:
i.    Psychiatric Genetics
ii.    Statistics

3.    Knowledge of current status of research in specialist field above.

4.    Proven ability to publish in national journals and high-impact conferences.

5.    Knowledge and understanding of competitive research funding to be able to develop applications to funding bodies.

Communication and Team Working
6.    Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication.

7.    Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals.

8.    Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work.

9.    Proven ability to work without close supervision.

Desirable Criteria 
10.    Experience with conducting psychological/ psychiatric  assessments. 

11.    Experience of working with or volunteering with vulnerable people, with learning disabilities and/ or mental health problems.

12.    Possession of a current UK driver’s licence or access to own transport arrangements
13.    Proven ability to adapt to the changing requirements of the Higher Education community. 

14.    Evidence of ability to participate in and develop both internal and external networks and utilise them to enhance the research activities of the School. 

How to apply

Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.

Please ensure when submitting this document / attaching it to your application profile you name it with the vacancy reference number, in this instance for this post, 11481BR

If candidates do not provide written evidence of meeting all of the essential criteria then their application will not be progressed. The School of Medicine welcome the submission of CVs to accompany evidence of the job-based criteria.