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Research Associate

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University of York - Heslington Campus
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Research Associate

Department and Project

The Department of Education at the University of York is seeking a Research Associate for 10 months to work with Dr Umar Toseeb on a project funded by the Sir Halley Stewart Trust called “Genetic and Environmental Influences on Mental Illness in Young People with Developmental Language Disorder”. The aim of the project is to investigate the relative contributions of genetic and environmental influences on the longitudinal trajectories of mental health difficulties from childhood through to adolescence. This will be achieved through the secondary analysis of existing data from UK-based birth cohorts. The post would ideally be from January to October 2022, but we would consider some flexibility. Flexible and remote working options are available in line with University policies.


The post will involve secondary analysis of existing genetic and behavioural data. The successful candidate will:

  • Pre-register analyses on the open science framework
  • Generate genome-wide polygenic scores using summary statistics
  • Fit statistical models to map the longitudinal development of mental health during childhood and adolescence (training in longitudinal modelling will be provided, if needed)
  • Co-author papers for publication
  • Prepare materials for impact and dissemination activities


Skills, Experience & Qualification needed

  • PhD in psychology, genomics, education or related area (or equivalent experience / nearing completion of PhD)
  • Knowledge in advanced quantitative analysis techniques
  • Proficient in the use of R

Interview date: to be confirmed

For informal enquiries: please contact Dr Umar Toseeb on


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