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Research Associate

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The position of a Research Associate has become available until 31 August 2023 at the Hungry Mind Lab ( at the Department of Education at the University of York. The position is associated with a research project awarded by the Nuffield Foundation to Prof Sophie von Stumm. The project’s aim is to study the gene-environment interplay in children’s early life development, using longitudinal cohort study data. from the UK. The successful candidate will have strong quantitative statistical skills, experience in studying and modelling individual differences, and an interest in researching the causes of children’s differences in development. The ideal candidate will have previously studied the transmission of family background inequality and aims for a career in research. Flexible/ remote working options are available.


The Research Associate will have completed a PhD in psychology, behavioural genetics, genomics, or a related discipline with an emphasis on quantitative statistical analysis. S/he will be trained in data use and advanced statistical analysis for this role. The Research Associate will (a) lead on preregistering data analyses; (b) conduct statistical analyses on the gene-environment interplay; (c) prepare manuscripts for publication; and (d) present the findings at meetings and conferences. Prof Sophie von Stumm will supervise, support and mentor the Research Associate in all tasks.

Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • The Research Associate will have completed a PhD in psychology, behavioural genetics, genomics, or a related discipline with an emphasis on quantitative statistical analysis. 
  • The successful candidate should have knowledge of advanced quantitative statistical analysis, secondary data analysis of cohort study data, and the broader literature on child development.
  • The successful candidate will have experience with relevant software tools (e.g., R, SPSS, STATA), writing up research for publication, and with developing and conducting research ideas and projects.
  • Please see full details on the main qualifications, knowledge, skills, and experience essential to the post in the ‘person specification’ document 

This post is available on a fixed term basis until 31 August 2023

Interview date: TBC

For informal enquiries: please contact Prof Sophie von Stumm on

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