Research Assistant to support a project exploring the cognitive neuroscience of eating behaviours in health and disease
University of Cambridge, Department of Psychiatry
United Kingdom

Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

We are seeking a Research Assistant to support a project exploring the cognitive neuroscience of eating behaviours in health and disease. The role of the successful applicant will be to work as part of a team of clinical and non-clinical researchers engaged in the recruitment, screening and psychological, physical and physiological recording both in healthy people (lean and obese) and those with a range of disturbances to eating behaviours.


The appointee would be expected to contribute to organising and testing in the context of these studies and to the management and analysis of data. Contribution to dissemination of the work would be encouraged, in the form of preparation of papers for peer reviewed publication and the presentation of talks and posters to public and scientific audiences.


The work is supported by a Wellcome Investigator award to the PI (Paul Fletcher). The appointee will be based in the department of psychiatry at Cambridge University and will also work closely with Dr. Hisham Ziauddeen and with the "Embodied Computation Group" run by Dr. Micah Allen, a visiting Researcher at the University. The overall aim of the work is to use innovative cognitive measurements exploring habitual and goal-directed responding to foods and food-predicting stimuli in order to develop our understanding of how brain-body interactions shape perception, learning and decision-making. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to play an active part in this research programme and to work in a newly-built unit optimised to acquiring these measurements. Concurrent functional neuroimaging studies will also be carried out and the appointees will play a role in these studies.


The purpose of this role is to support and maintain the University's national and international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Contribution to excellence in research will be as a member of a research team carrying out research under the direction of a principal investigator to include data collection, analysis and some interpretation. Contribution to publications may be encouraged. Contribution to teaching within the department/faculty may include assistance in the supervision of students and some limited supervision of classes. The role holder will participate in the overall contribution of the department/faculty, as appropriate.


Applicants should hold a Bachelor's or equivalent first degree. Since this role traverses areas of metabolic science, interceptive processing and cognitive neuroscience, we will therefore welcome applications from a graduates coming from a variety of disciplines. Together with sufficient breadth and knowledge of the subject area, research methodologies, strong communication skills, and be able to demonstrate clear and succinct writing skills.


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 2 years in the first instance.


Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.


To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.


The closing date is 14 February 2019, with interviews to be confirmed.


Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.


Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.


Please quote reference RN17908 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.


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