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Assistant Research Psychologist / Research Associate

School of Psychology

Location:  Aston University Main Campus
Salary:  £29,176 to £33,797 per annum
Grade 7 to Grade 8
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (30/09/2022)
Basis:  Full Time
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Tuesday 06 July 2021
Interview Date:  Friday 16 July 2021
Reference:  R210190
Release Date:  Wednesday 02 June 2021

An opportunity has arisen to join our team of researchers and clinical psychologists to work on an innovative project, delivering and evaluating a new intervention for anxiety in autistic children with intellectual disability. This is a full-time fixed term post until 30th September 2022.   The successful applicant will join the Aston Institute for Health and Neurodevelopment (, and the Cerebra Network for Neurodevelopmental Disorders ( The post is supported by funding from Autistica. This charity works towards improved healthcare outcomes and quality of life for autistic children with intellectual disabilities.  

The researcher will deliver a parent focused therapeutic intervention that has been co-developed with parents of autistic children and young people, under the supervision of a clinical psychologist within our team. Through this post the researcher will gain in-depth experience of how to adapt and evaluate psychological approaches. 

This post would suit a range of candidates. For example, this post would be a good fit for someone with previous experience of working as an assistant psychologist, who wants to obtain an in-depth understanding of clinically relevant research prior to applying to the Clinical Psychology Doctorate. The post would also suit a post-doctoral researcher with a background in intellectual disability or neurodevelopmental conditions. In both instances, we would support the post holder to gain experience relevant to their future career trajectory and would provide training and encourage development opportunities to enhance the post holder’s likelihood of future success. The post holder will join a busy and dynamic research team and will also contribute to other research projects when they have capacity within their working hours. The successful candidate will carry out quantitative data collection and analysis. 

The post could involve frequent driving to deliver 50-minute intervention sessions with families (within a 1.5/2 hour radius of Aston University). Time spent travelling to and from participant’s homes would be included within working hours and mileage costs would be covered. Due to changes in working due to the pandemic, some intervention sessions may be delivered remotely via web call. 

Offer of this post will depend on successful completion of Enhanced DBS check. 

For further information about this position, please refer to the job description and person specification. For informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jane Waite (

Closing date: 6th July 2021

Interview date: On or around 16th July 2021 (TBC)

Start date: Mid-August; No later than 1st September 2021

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