Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Psychology

Country: United Kingdom;

City: Birmingham

Vacancy added: 09.07.2019

Employer: University of Birmingham

Resumes due: 09.07.2019


Applications are invited from graduates with a good first degree and subsequent PhD/ClinPsyD in Psychology or another related discipline for a three year appointment. The appointee will help lead a new research project funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) investigating mechanisms underpinning self-injury/self-harm in autistic children with intellectual disability. This project will be conducted in collaboration with NHS colleagues in the West Midlands.                                                

The research fellow will lead tasks related to project initiation, collaboration with NHS services, participant recruitment, data collection, data management and analysis, report writing, preparation of manuscripts and materials for publication and dissemination and supervision of staff working on the project.  The candidate will have the opportunity to benefit from a range of training and supervision opportunities while in post.                                       

The successful applicant will be based in the School of Psychology, University of Birmingham. Appointees will work under the direction of Dr. Caroline Richards, alongside collaborators at University of Birmingham (Dr Rory Devine and Dr Andrew Bagshaw) and University of Minnesota (Prof. Frank Symons). The successful applicant will join Dr Richards’ team that includes four PhD students and four research assistants/fellows. The work of the research team focuses on sleep and behavioural difficulties experienced by people who have neurodevelopmental disorders, particularly those who have severe intellectual disability, genetic syndromes and autism. The team combines methods of behavioural, clinical and developmental psychology. Further information about the research group is available at


Main duties

·         Leadership and oversight throughout research data collection; employing a variety of research methods, such as scientific questionnaires, observations, literature reviews and research interviews. The study will require data collection through actigraphy and direct assessments of children using standardised tools such as IQ assessments and assessments of autism (e.g., ADOS). The research fellow will be involved in data collection, but also supervise students and other staff members during data collection, ensuring high standards and adherence to study protocols.

·         Manage risk and safeguarding throughout data collection with autistic children with intellectual disabilities

·         Oversee and ensure adherence to, and amendments to NHS ethical approvals

·         Manage budget and accounts for the study

·         Lead on independent analysis of research study data

·         Present research outputs, including drafting academic publications, for example at conferences and for submission to journals

·         Develop or adapt techniques, models and methods to address the study questions

·         Provide supervision to staff and students working on the project

·         Deal with challenges that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines, such as recruitment

·         Carry out administrative tasks related directly to the delivery of the research e.g., recruitment of participants, preparation of manuscripts for publication, organisation of project meetings and documentation

·         Contribute to research grant applications of relevance to the research project


The post-holder will be expected to carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post.


FTC for up to 3 years.

Closing date - 8th August 2019

Grade 7

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,395 to £39,609. With potential progression once in post to £42,036 a year.

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check. 

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