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Life Sciences Initiative Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) ¿ Centre for Mind in Society **Internal Only** - QMUL15588

Department: Strategic Planning Office
Salary: £33,615 to £39,483 per annum (Grade 4)
Reference: QMUL15588
Location: Mile End
Date posted: 02-Oct-2018
Closing date: 16-Oct-2018

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Queen Mary University of London's (QMUL) ambitious Life Sciences Initiative (LSI) aims to form a life sciences presence across its campuses in line with the wider regeneration agenda for East London, attracting partners from Higher Education, the NHS and industry.  The academic focal point will be a new-build Life Sciences Institute in Whitechapel, encompassing research, education and public engagement, bringing together academics from across the College’s three faculties (Medicine & Dentistry, Science & Engineering and Humanities & Social Science) to help address the marked health inequalities in the local population in London’s East End and beyond.


The LSI has recently launched four new interdisciplinary centres to help realise the research aims of the initiative and applications are invited for a part time Postdoctoral Research Assistant (PDRA) positions in the Mind in Society Centre (Executive team: Magda Osman (Centre lead), David Adger, Marcus Pearce and Stefan Priebe).


The Centre aims to generate a better understanding of the mutual influences between mind and society, and to develop ways of working with communities to improve the psychological experience of individuals. This includes, but is not limited to, initiatives to reduce mental distress.


The Centre brings together concepts from humanities, cognitive and social sciences, and medicine. It represents a genuine sharing of expertise in methodologies, theoretical approaches and scientific practices.


The post require experience in working with multidisciplinary teams of researchers, with a particular emphasis on humanities, cognitive and social sciences, and medicine. The post will also address the issue of understanding the nature of the mental lives of individuals from a rounded perspective that goes beyond – but still supports - the clinical aspect.


 Supervised by Osman and Priebe, the postholder will be responsible for developing research initiatives directed towards the following objectives:

  1. how individuals reason about the social and cultural world around them, how they conceive of their own identities and how they make decisions about that world;
  2. how their own mental lives develop and change in response to the challenges they face.



The ideal candidate will have experience in cognitive and social sciences and medicine. The candidate should have completed (or be close to having) a PhD in a relevant discipline (e.g. behavioural/health economics, political sciencehuman geography, psychiatry, psychology and sociology) before taking up the post.


There are options for rotating half way through the post, so that the post holder can gain experience of working on projects that span all four objectives.


Details about the supervisors can be found:


This is full time for 10 months in the first instance, with a view to start in November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.


The starting salary will be in the range of £33,615 to £39,483 per annum inclusive of London allowance. For QMUL secondees, this will be paid as buy-out time to your main department.


Benefits include 30 days annual leave, defined benefit pension scheme and interest-free season ticket loan. Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme. 


The position is full time for a fixed term period of ten months.



Application enquiries should be directed to Dr. Magda Osman (


The closing date for applications is 16 October 2018 2018. Interviews will be held shortly after.


The post-holder will be expected to take up the post in November 2018 or as soon as possible thereafter.


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