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Research Associate in Psychometrics/Quantitative Social Science


Ref: 1726778
Closing date: 5 June 2018
Interview date: TBC
Salary: Grade 7: £34,635 – £37,551 per annum
Contract: Full Time

A job description and person specification can be accessed on the UCL job page.

This post represents an exciting opportunity to undertake high-impact research in UK’s birth cohort studies using rigorous quantitative methods. You will be part of a multi-disciplinary team and will work in two funded projects led by Professor George B. Ploubidis and Dr Vanessa Moulton:

1) Harmonisation of mental health measures in UK birth cohorts

2) Assessment and harmonisation of cognitive ability measures in UK birth cohorts

You will be expected to contribute on psychometric analysis of mental health and cognitive ability measures using five UK birth cohort studies and contribute through research to the further development, enhancement and use of the CLS studies.

You will also be expected to conduct high quality research based on quantitative analysis of five UK birth cohorts, publish your research in high quality peer reviewed academic journals and contribute to workshops about the content, design, and longitudinal analysis of mental health and cognitive ability measures in UK cohorts.

The post is available from 02/07/2017 and is funded until 30/06/2019 in the first instance.

Key Requirements
Completion or near-completion of a PhD in a quantitative social science discipline, such as sociology, economics, psychology, social statistics, demography; or with a background in epidemiology or other quantitative health-related discipline is essential. Candidates with no PhD, but demonstrating a substantial record of high-quality publications that could be used in submission for a PhD by publication will also be considered.

An interest and experience in factor analysis and item response theory is essential. An interest in working with the UK birth cohort studies is desirable.

Further Details
A job description and person specification can be found on the UCL job listing.

To apply for the vacancy please click on the ‘Apply Now’ button on the UCL job listing.

For further details about this post please contact Professor George Ploubidis on 020 7612 6107 or email at