Research Fellow

£35,965 - £36,945 per annum
Jun 30, 2020
Aug 21, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
Duties and Responsibilities

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow to work on a study that will investigate the needs and characteristics of autistic older adults. This groundbreaking project, called AUDIT, is funded by the Dunhill Medical Trust.

Reporting to the Principal Investigators of the project, the successful applicant will join a dynamic team at UCL, a leading UK university with an international reputation for research on both ageing and autism. The wider research team comprises diverse experts from UCL, King's College London and the University of Exeter. The post holder will set up and coordinate the project in achieving its three

1. To provide the first estimate of UK autism diagnostic coverage among people aged over 50 years, elucidating inequalities in diagnostic provision;

2. To describe the mental and physical health needs of over 50s diagnosed with autism, and their receipt of healthcare, identifying any autism-related inequalities in provision;

3. To better understand the experiences of over 50s with high autistic traits (including those with no diagnosis); investigating how high levels of autistic traits relate to cognitive and mental health in ageing, and mechanisms underpinning these relationships;

It is important to note that the primary focus of the project is on secondary data analysis and thus it is not subject to delays due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Duties and responsibilities

You will be part of a vibrant multidisciplinary team and will work on successful completion of the project from inception to dissemination under direction of the PIs. You will play a key role in shaping the AUDIT project, including sourcing relevant data from large primary care and general population databases, data analysis, drafting peer reviewed papers and writing reports for the funder. The setting as well as the opportunities and responsibilities of the post will provide an excellent opportunity for research career development.

This post is funded for 36 months in the first instance.

Key Requirements

We are looking for someone with excellent quantitative data analysis skills who has experience of working on research projects involving large longitudinal datasets and who has conducted statistical analysis of those data, as well as authoring peer reviewed publications.

You will need to have a PhD in psychology, neuroscience or epidemiology or a professional doctorate in clinical psychology. We will also consider applications from people with relevant experience and publications who are in the last year of their PhD. You will ideally have an interest in ageing and/or autism research.

Further Details

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To apply please click on the "Apply Now" button below. Please submit a covering letter and CV.

If you have questions about applying, please contact Dr Josh Stott on or Dr Will Mandy on

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible.

Closing Date

21 Aug 2020

Latest time for the submission of applications


Interview date

03 September 2020

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and demonstrable impact in advancing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.

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