Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

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The Digital Mental Health Group at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit is an innovative, collaborative, and growing research group studying the intersection between adolescent mental health, cognitive neuroscience, and digital technologies with the aim of improving mental health outcomes in both non-clinical and clinical populations. We are based at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, University of Cambridge, a world-leading research centre well-known for its close-knit community, collaborative atmosphere, and outstanding research support. Our group currently includes our PI, Dr Amy Orben, our two research assistants, four PhD students, two postdocs, as well as research visitors and interns from various backgrounds.

We are seeking a research assistant to join our dynamic team full-time for 1.5 years in the first instance to assist on various research projects. This includes a data analysis project on adolescent media use around the world, where we are collaborating with UNICEF Innocenti, UNICEF's research office.

If you could start working with us mid-January 2024 that would be ideal, but there is some flexibility. Interviews for this post will be held on 15th December 2023. We would like you to have some scientific research experience, either as part of your university degree or through other programmes. As part of this experience, we would also like to see examples of you problem-solving and showing independent initiative. The ideal candidate will know a variety of statistical techniques to analyse questionnaire data and be familiar and comfortable with programming languages such as R.

Applying for this role, you should also be able to demonstrate a strong track record of being able to work well in a team, but how you do so is not important. It can be from your work in a research institution or through engagement in student-run organisations, your community, or other initiatives.

For the complete essential and desirable criteria please see the job specification provided as part of the application pack.

We encourage applicants from backgrounds traditionally marginalised and/or under-represented in the field. Further, please do not be discouraged from applying if your current CV is not a 'perfect fit'. This job could suit someone from a range of different backgrounds, and there is great scope for the right applicant to develop the role and make it their own. If you think that this might be the role for you, please write and tell us why.

If you have any informal enquiries please feel free to contact Dr Amy Orben:

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available for 18 months in the first instance.

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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 SU39362 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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