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Position: Research Support Assistant - MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit
Institution: Medical Research Council
Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duties: Communicating with local service providers to recruit potential participants and to feedback assessment reports after testing. Contacting families to schedule visits to the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit for testing, and subsequent liaison. Conducting one-to-one testing with child participants using both standardised neuropsychological tests and experimental tasks. Administering questionnaires to parents/carers. Collecting saliva samples and co-ordinating brain scans where appropriate
Requirements: Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field. Experience of working with children or other vulnerable groups
   
Text: Research Support Assistant - MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit - JH/412 Open Date 10/01/2017 10:00 Close Date 26/01/2017 23:55 Research Institute MRC Cognition & Brain Sciences Unit Research Institute / Unit Information The MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) is an internationally renowned institute for research in cognitive neuroscience. Band MRC - 5 Location Cambridge Salary £21,733 - £24,840 Contract Type Permanent Job Type Science Full Time / Part Time Full Time Job Description Overall purpose: The post holder will be responsible for the day-to-day management of a developmental research clinic at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit. This clinic, known as the Centre for Attention, Learning and Memory (CALM), recruits children with difficulties in attention, learning and memory from local community services including CAMHS, Cambridgeshire Speech and Language Therapy, and Cambridgeshire Community Educational Psychology, as well as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators in local schools. The aim of this clinic is to generate unique data on the cognitive, neural and genetic characteristics of children with specific learning difficulties. The post holder’s duties will include: i) liaising with NHS and community service referring agents to recruit potential participants ii) contacting families to obtain consent and schedule testing iii) administering a broad set of cognitive assessments to children and questionnaires to parents/carers iv) collecting saliva samples, v) co-ordinating and scheduling brain scans vi) scoring and inputting data, and vii) preparing reports for referring agents summarising children’s strengths and weaknesses The primary responsibility of the post holder will be to oversee the daily running of the clinic, supervised by the CALM Management Committee. This post would suit candidates with experience administering neuropsychological assessments to children with developmental disorders. Occasional testing sessions may take place out-of-hours and the post-holder’s hours will be arranged accordingly. Main duties / key responsibilities: Communicating with local service providers to recruit potential participants and to feedback assessment reports after testing. Contacting families to schedule visits to the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit for testing, and subsequent liaison. Conducting one-to-one testing with child participants using both standardised neuropsychological tests and experimental tasks. Administering questionnaires to parents / carers. Collecting saliva samples and co-ordinating brain scans where appropriate. Data processing and analysis including scoring, entering, collating, and organising data. Overseeing the administration of relevant paperwork (e.g. consent forms). Co-ordinating testing sessions for other members of the CALM team. Communicating with the CALM Management Committee, including regular updates about recruitment and data collection. The key responsibility of the post-holder will be to ensure that appropriate participants are recruited and that data are successfully gathered, scored and reported. Working relationships: (a) The day-to-day activities of post holder will be managed by Dr Joni Holmes. (b) The post holder will liaise with other members of the CALM Management Committee where appropriate. (c) The post holder will work well as part of a team with other research scientists on this project. (d) The post-holder will collaborate with technical, administrative, research and support staff at the CBU, as necessary, and will also liaise with scientific and research support staff at the CBU, as necessary. The post-holder will work closely with local NHS and Education service providers. Person Specification Education / Qualifications / Training required: Essential: Degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or a related field Previous work experience required: Essential: Experience of working with children or other vulnerable groups. Desirable: Experience working alongside professionals providing services to children or other vulnerable groups, eg, teachers, clinical psychologists. Knowledge and experience: Essential: Dealing with and testing child volunteers Collating datasets Working in a team Basic computing skills - MS Office (Word, Excel) Basic statistical knowledge - ANOVA, correlation Experience with specialist statistical packages - SPSS Desirable: Experience working as part of a multi-disciplinary team Personal skills/behaviours/qualities: Essential: Managing time with multiple demands Good communication skills, both oral and written Must be able to interact with child participants Must be able to communicate effectively with families and specialist service providers (e.g. clinical psychologists) Prepared to occasionally work out-of-hours Evidence of warm friendly manner towards participants The MRC is a great place to work and progress your career, be it in scientific research or the support functions. The MRC is a unique working environment where our researchers are rewarded by world class innovation and collaboration opportunities that the MRC name brings. The MRC is an excellent place to develop yourself further and a range of training & development opportunities will be available to you, including professional registration with the Science Council. Choosing to come to work at the MRC means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits from a final salary pension scheme and excellent holiday entitlement to access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme and childcare vouchers, as well as the chance to put the MRC on your CV in the future. Our success is dependent upon our ability to embrace diversity and draw on the skills, understanding and experience of all our people. We welcome applications from all sections of the community irrespective of gender, race, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, sexual orientation, disability or age. As "Disability Confident" employers, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. Final appointments will be subject to pre-employment screening.
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