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Job reference: BMH-020504
Salary: £34,308 to £42,155 per annum depending on experience
Faculty/Organisational Unit: Biology, Medicine Health
Location: Oxford Road, Manchester
Employment type: Fixed Term
Division/Team: Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Hours Per Week: Full time
Closing date: 16/02/2023
Contract Duration: for 36 Months in the first instance
School/Directorate: School of Health Sciences

Job Description

This is a 36-month full time post to work within the recently awarded NIHR funded Manchester Biomedical Research Centre Mental Health theme.

The National Institute of Health and Care Research (NIHR) funds Biomedical Research Centres (BRCs) as experimental medicine centres of excellence via competitive application every five years. Manchester Biomedical Research Centre (BRC) has recently been renewed over five years to provide experimental medicine infrastructure funding across Greater Manchester, Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Contracted by the NIHR, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) host the BRC in partnership with the University of Manchester and also with The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Manchester BRC drives forward experimental medicine across a range of research themes which are grouped into four clusters: Inflammation, Cancer, High Burden Under Researched Conditions and Disease Complexity as areas where the region has demonstrable strength and which will work collaboratively to improve patient outcomes and embed, build and accelerate personalised health and care for all. 

This is a post-doctoral position for the Neuroscience sub-theme within the Mental Health theme of the BRC. The postholder would be affiliated to our key NHS Trusts (Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)).

As a research group, we are interested in how early childhood trauma impacts neurodevelopment. We are seeking to employ an excellent postdoc to work on a longitudinal study in adolescents who experienced early trauma. This will involve brain imaging with structural and functional MR as well as cognitive testing. The postholder will also collect samples for immunophenotyping and develop novel digital tools for cognitive screening.

We expect applicants to possess a degree in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or another related field, or have equivalent experience. You should have previous experience in conducting clinical and/or research assessments with children or adolescents.  Previous experience of designing MRI protocols, collecting and analysing functional MRI data is also essential. Ideally you should also have experience designing and using cognitive tasks as part of detailed assessments. You should have excellent written and spoken communication skills to facilitate work with children and a wide range of caregivers and professionals.

It will be desirable for the postholder to have a track record of publications. There will be opportunities for the postholder to continue to develop their academic career and apply for fellowships. We will mentor and support the postholder’s career pathway throughout the appointment. The post-holder will be based in the Division of Psychology and Mental Health within the School of Health Sciences at the University of Manchester.

The School/Department is strongly committed to promoting equality and diversity, including the Athena SWAN charter for gender equality in higher education. The School/Department holds a Silver Award which recognises their good practice in relation to gender; including flexible working arrangements, family-friendly policies, and support to allow staff achieve a good work-life balance. We particularly welcome applications from women for this post. All appointment will be made on merit. For further information, please visit:

Our University is positive about flexible working – you can find out more here

Blended working arrangements may be considered

Please note that we are unable to respond to enquiries, accept CVs or applications from Recruitment Agencies.

Enquiries about the vacancy, shortlisting and interviews:

Name: Prof. Rebecca Elliott


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This vacancy will close for applications at midnight on the closing date.

Please see the link below for the Further Particulars document which contains the person specification criteria.

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