Town/City:

Southampton


Position type:

Full time

06 May 2022
02 Jun 2022

Full details:

Reference number: SOU-1801722JW

The post-doctoral RA will work with Prof Cortese and his team on an exciting multi-centre double-blind, sham-controlled randomised controlled trial (RCT) funded by the NIHR to test a novel non-pharmacological brain stimulation therapy. The Monarch eTNS System stimulates the external trigeminal nerve (eTNS) which has shown to improve ADHD symptoms in a proof-of-concept trial in the USA and is approved by the FDA for use in children with ADHD. 

This study will recruit 150 children and adolescents aged 8-18 years old with ADHD at King’s College London and the University of Southampton. The post-doc will have the opportunity to acquire or extend his/her experience in cutting edge neurostimulation methods, multicentre-RCT, neurocognitive testing, eye tracking, physiological monitoring, diagnostic assessments and administer clinical questionnaires. As well as analysing the data and write the final report to funder as well as primary papers. The candidate will work on the development of an exciting new therapy for ADHD with a multidisciplinary team of MRI physicists and analysts, cognitive neuroscientists, neuroimagers, statisticians and child psychiatrists.

The candidate will have a PhD* and strong background in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience or related fields and show evidence of working independently, excellent organisation skills, team-work abilities, excellent writing skills, and statistical expertise. It is strongly desirable that the post-doc has prior experience in cognitive (developmental) neuroscience. Other criteria are sound knowledge of experimental design and statistical methods, and proven ability to express ideas and disseminate findings effectively and good writing skills. Experience with ADHD and/or child psychiatry and of recruitment of patient groups is strongly desirable. Applicants should be able to work independently as well as co-operate with other members of the research team.

This post will require some flexibility in managing time since some of the assessments may be done after school and on weekends. The project runs from July 2022 to April 2025.

*Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given.

 


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