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Research Assistant post available: Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge

Research Assistant
Department of Psychiatry

Salary: 23,449-26,391 pa

Limit of tenure: 6 months from appointment

Applications are invited for a post as a full-time Research Assistant on a pilot project to explore the feasibility of a methodology to investigate the physiology of physically aggressive behaviour in adults with intellectual disabilities.

The project involves assessments of physiological functions, such as skin conductance and mood, in participants with intellectual disabilities (learning disabilities).

You will be involved in the day-to-day operation of the project, which will include recruitment of participants, data collection, data analyses, and relevant research and administrative duties.

You should hold a good undergraduate degree (First or 2 (i)) in the psychological, behavioural or cognitive sciences. Prior experience in clinical research, especially experience of working with people with intellectual disabilities, would be an advantage. You will also need to be enthusiastic about working in an inter-disciplinary team and have excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.

The post will be based in the Cambridge Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Group ( in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge, Douglas House, Trumpington Road, Cambridge.

If appointed, you will be required to apply for enhanced CRB disclosure.

The post is available from November 2009, for 6 months.

For a Job Description and Person Specification, please contact Miss Bekki Pearce, or 01223-746117.

To apply, please send your CV, a covering letter, and a completed PD18 form (available on the following link: to: Miss Bekki Pearce, CLAHRC Adult Theme Administrator, NIHR CLAHRC for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, CIDDRG, Douglas House, 18b Trumpington Road, Cambridge, CB2 8AH or by email to 

Quote Reference: RN05712

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to make contact with us informally. Enquiries should be made to Dr Isabel Clare (01223-746117; or Dr Howard Ring (01223 746121;

Quote Reference: RN05712, Closing Date: 19 October 2009

Interview Date: 03/11/2009

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Posted on 23/09/2009

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