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Research Assistant

£24,043 - £24,043

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has come along to join Dr Jane Lewis (PI) on two research projects together with two North London councils. The research projects are part of London Met Lab Empowering London initiative, which aims to engage the University with its community partners. The research team comprises staff from the two councils and London Metropolitan University, and through qualitative and quantitative research methods they seek to understand barriers to employment for certain resident groups in the Boroughs, as well as to create policy recommendations in order to increase the employment rate amongst these resident groups. Dr Jane Lewis (PI) and Dr Josefine Nyby focus on the qualitative research aspect and are conducting focus groups (interviews) with residents with various disabilities. The role of the research assistant would be varied, but the main task would be to transcribe interviews, support the PI and colleagues with the research report, and ad hoc duties relating to the research. Dr Lewis and Dr Nyby are committed to giving valuable work experience to the candidate. Due to the nature of commissioned research work, the workload may be heavier one week and lighter the next, thus flexibility is required. The workload will be agreed upon each week, but the total amount of hours is 58, spread over five weeks. Thus, if you want to gain experience in research and policy, this role may be for you! To apply for this position, please send a cover letter (no more than one page) outlining why you would like to work on this project to Josefine ( before the deadline. Please draw on previous experiences (if you have any - studies/employment/volunteering), or your future career aspirations and why this job would be important for you. No need to send your CV. By applying for this role you confirm you are able to work flexibly over the next few weeks.


Final year social sciences student (sociology or similar) Recent social science (BSc/BA) graduate


If you have experience in transcribing and/or writing policy reports, great! If not, we are happy to support you in getting this experience. We do, however, need you to have certain skills, including but not limited to, having the ability to work independently, keep deadlines and finish agreed-upon work, have good communication skills (verbal and written), and the ability to do some basic research activities. Due to the nature of the work, you will need to be flexible over the next few weeks.


The Laboratory of RNA networks is seeking a Research Assistant  to join a team of researchers under the supervision of Professor Jernej Ule working on the dynamics of ribonucleoprotein complexes (RNP) that assemble on the 3’ UTRs of neuronal mRNAs ( The group focuses on mechanisms of RNP assembly, as part of a project funded by the Wellcome Trust. 

The post holder will contribute to the project to develop computational approaches to study how RNA-binding proteins  regulate alternative splicing. Primary focus will be computational studies of data produced by iCLIP, RNA-seq and related methods) and developing the work towards relevant publications. 

The post is based at the UK DRI, 

Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute, King's College, Denmark Hill Campus  

  • To conduct high quality research under the supervision of Professor Ule, and in collaboration with other members of the Ule group. 

  • Develop and test new software, analyse data, build new hypotheses and independently design further experiments. 

  • Prepare figures summarising the results and play a leading role in writing the manuscripts. 

  • Continue professional development, including participation in staff development and review procedures in accordance with UCL guidelines, including annual formal appraisal 

  • Contribute to the department’s multidisciplinary research projects within the strategy. 

  • Present at international conferences as well as internal meetings at UCL, and meetings with external collaborators. 

  • Regularly interact with collaborators and coordinate joint work. 

  • Ensuring the highest standard of record keeping, maintaining accurate, complete, and up to date records. 

  • Ensuring confidentiality is maintained as applicable. 

  • Attending and contributing to Departmental, Institutional and other meetings as appropriate. 

  • Acting at all times in accordance with the highest professional standards, and ensuring that these are maintained in the delivery of all aspects of researc


PhD in Computational Biology or a related discipline 


  • Experience in developing new computational tool 

  • Experience with mechanisms of RNA regulation 

  • Computational proficiency at advanced level 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 

  • Strong problem solving abilities 

  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to work efficiently on multiple sites 

  • Excellent inter-personal skills with an ability to work co-operatively in a multidisciplinary setting 

  • Resourceful and able to act on own initiative 

  • Interested in research and a commitment to supporting high quality research 

  • Meticulous and accurate in all aspects of work 


Teaching fellow with neuroscience knowledge for urgent level 6 marking


Ideally HEA fellowship



Graduate Teaching Assistant roles for the MSc Developmental Psychology & Psychopathology programme 2024-25

We are inviting applications for teaching opportunities on the DEV-PP MSc programme this coming year.

We are looking to employ PhD students as graduate teaching assistants on many of the DEV-PP modules, as described below.

If you have any questions about the role or the modules, please contact Kitty Jones (

  • Developmental Psychopathology 1: Perinatal period and Infancy

  • Teaching October-November 2024

  • Introduction to Statistics

  • Teaching October-November 2024

  • Nature & Nurture 1: Approaches to Addressing Key Questions in Psychopathology

  • Teaching November-December 2024

  • Nature & Nurture 2:  Genomic Approaches in Psychopathology

  • Teaching February-March 2025

  • Psychological Approaches to Treatment

  • Teaching February-March 2025

  • Placement

  • Main placement period February-April 2025

  • Dissertation

  • Main dissertation period April-August 2025

Key Responsibilities

  • Delivery of agreed package of teaching activities to a high standard, under the direct supervision of a member of academic staff. These activities may include seminars, classes, tutorials, lab sessions, other small group work to develop student skills, demonstration for experiments/techniques in lab-based science and computing, and/or mentoring support for UG or PGT project work. Students will not normally be involved in lecturing, but in some cases may be asked to lead lectures if the topic falls within their specialist field.

  • Participation in appropriate training – including mandatory courses/sessions (e.g. courses, induction sessions).

  • Careful and proportionate preparation for teaching activities. In some instances, materials will be provided by departments/faculties.

  • Maintenance of information and resources on KEATS and interaction with students via the VLE.

  • Attendance at lectures where needed/requested to ensure consistency of module delivery.

  • Routine administration and correspondence associated with teaching delivery.

  • Liaison with senior colleagues regarding contributions to the module.

GTAs are not expected to:

  • lead lectures, unless they have accepted to do so on a very occasional basis, in their specialist field

  • provide pastoral support to students or act as a personal tutor

  • be involved in Open Days or admissions activities

  • provide students with references

  • set assessments

  • be available to students at all times

  • carry out unremunerated additional work on an ad hoc basis.

{The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.}


Education / qualification and training

Excellent subject knowledge of Developmental Psychology and Psychopathology as appropriate to the specific teaching role – For example, as evidenced by excellent performance in a BPS-accredited undergraduate degree in a psychological science

Undertaking psychological research at King’s College London, either as a PhD student or as a postdoctoral researcher.


Skills required

Knowledge / skills

Effective interpersonal skills, both written and verbal, to support and liaise with staff and students

Ability to provide advice to students on study skills and assist with any learning problems


Experience of facilitating or leading group work, activities or discussion.

Experience of adapting own skills to new circumstances.

Personal characteristics/other requirements

Ability to self-reflect on teaching design and delivery and act on feedback for future improvements.

A commitment to delivering high quality education as part of a team.

Diligent in preparing for teaching sessions and assessment activities; including undertaking preparatory reading, planning, and familiarization with assessment briefs and marking criteria.

Role specific requirements

Ability and willingness to engage in relevant departmental training and introductory pastoral support training.

Keep abreast of current literature in subject areas being taught.