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Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL16353

Department: Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine
Salary: £33,615 - £44,015 per annum inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 5)
Reference: QMUL16353
Date posted: 16-Oct-2018
Closing date: 13-Nov-2018

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Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine

Centre for Cancer Prevention

Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Neuropsychology

The newly established Preventive Neurology Unit (PNU) has been set up with the aim of developing strategies for the prevention of neurological disease. Applications are now invited for a Postdoctoral Research Assistant with experience of clinical research and cognitive neuropsychology to work on a research project exploring novel ways to identify people at risk of dementia.

There is currently intense interest in identifying those at risk of dementia so that treatment trials can be undertaken earlier in the course of the disease, when there may be greater potential to prevent subsequent neurodegeneration. This project aims to identify subjects with preclinical dementia using an online portal for the acquisition of information on risk factors and the administration of novel neuropsychological tests.

The post-holder will be expected to contribute to study design and implementation, and recruitment of participants. Much of the focus will be on the refinement and piloting of new neuropsychological tests designed to unmask early cognitive dysfunction, thereby allowing for recruitment of participants into subsequent clinical studies of presymptomatic dementia. The post-holder will be expected to carry out analysis of study results in collaboration with the study statistician, and write up the results for publication.

Applicants must be educated to PhD level and have some experience administering and interpreting cognitive tests in a clinical research environment. Applicants should have experience of designing stimulus presentation for experimental testing (e.g. in MATLAB or similar), building databases, and of designing and implementing SOPs. The appointee must have excellent organisational, written and communication skills. They must have the ability to apply extensive working knowledge to address complex problems and challenges and have a comprehensive understanding and working knowledge of governance and legislation for the conduct of clinical studies (including GCP).

The post is full time and fixed term for 24 months. Starting salary will be in the range £33,615 - £44,015 per annum inclusive of London Allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, 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 Centre for Cancer Prevention requires applicants to provide all certificates at interview to confirm their qualifications (as specified in the Job Description).

Informal enquiries should be addressed to Charles Marshall:

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The closing date for the applications is on Tuesday, 13 November 2018.

Interviews are expected to be held shortly thereafter.

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