Postdoctoral Research Assistant (774)

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

Birkbeck is seeking a Postdoctoral Strategic Ethics Lead for the AIMS-2-TRIALS program; we encourage applicants who identify as autistic.

Salary range
38,594 rising to 44,113
Contract type
Fixed term
Full time
Business Unit (dept)
Department of Psychological Sciences
Closing Date
Ref No

Birkbeck is seeking a Postdoctoral Strategic Ethics Lead for the AIMS-2-TRIALS program; we encourage applicants who identify as autistic.

AIMS-2-TRIALS includes a complex set of interlinked multisite studies focused on autism from infancy to adulthood. The overarching goal of the project is to identify and validate a suite of stratification biomarkers that can help to identify subgroups with different strengths and difficulties, in making better prognosis of the long-term outcome of an individual, and the implementation of clinical trials.   In this position, you will help us to ensure AIMS2 operates to the highest ethical standards through engaging with the consortium and with members of the autistic community. You will work in the context of projects covering a range of vulnerable populations that include pregnant women,  infants with a higher familial likelihood of developing autism, individuals with learning disabilities, people with a range of co-occurring mental health conditions, young children in low and middle income countries, preschool children with a new diagnosis of autism, animal models and clinical trials.  Remote working is possible.

The overall goal of the post is support the work of the Ethics Work Package (WP7) in ensuring AIMS2 operates to the highest ethical standards. Responsibilities of the post include synthesising and reviewing information on ethical practices across the consortium; supporting the work of other members of the network on improving the use of appropriate language across the consortium; liaising with our External Ethics Advisory Board; coordinating ethical approvals from across the consortium; preparation of manuscripts on core ethical issues pertaining to AIMS2TRIALS; liaising with the Communications team and members of the A-Reps steering committee to identify core areas for discussion; and the collation of resources as new ethical issues arise on which the consortium may need to take a view.

To be successful in this role, you would:

  • Have obtained a PhD or have equivalent experience in qualitative research and/or ethics;
  • Have substantial lived experience with autism (e.g. are autistic, or have close connections to the autistic community), and familiarity with key controversies in the field;
  • Have skills in collating and consolidating information regarding the application of ethical frameworks across multiple international settings
  • Ideally have experience in qualitative participatory research practices, and particularly their application to the ethics of autism research.

We would be open to exploring a job share for UK-based candidates


Grade 7 of the College's London Pay Scale which is £38,594 rising to £44,113 per annum.

The salary quoted is on the College's London Pay Scale which includes a consolidated Weighting/Allowance which applies only to staff whose normal contractual place of work is in the London area.


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Birkbeck offers a competitive salary and pension scheme, 31 days paid leave, flexible working arrangements and some of the most generous benefits in the HE sector, all while being located right in the heart of Central London.

We welcome applicants from all sections of the community. The College is committed to improving the gender and cultural diversity of its workforce, holding an Athena SWAN award, membership of WISE, operating Disability Confident & Mindful Employer schemes.