The Department of Biological and Experimental Psychology at Queen Mary University of London is recruiting a post-doctoral research assistant with advanced research project management experience to support a new NICHD-funded international study aimed at investigating the biological pathways of psychological risk and resilience in Syrian refugee children. The study will explore the intricate interplay between psychosocial, neuroendocrine, epigenetic, and genetic factors in the prediction of resilience in 1,000 Syrian refugee children based in Lebanon.

The post holder will be based in London and work closely with, and under the supervision, of PI Dr Pluess. The main role of the two-year full-time post includes the initial set-up, and on-going coordination and management of the research project. This involves literature searches, development of study procedures, preparation of study materials, monitoring of data collection, handling of biological samples, data preparation/analysis, and writing up findings for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The post holder will work closely with the Lebanon based research team in order to support the implementation of the study in the field.

We are looking for a highly motivated and experienced candidate, with preferably a PhD or equivalent qualification in psychology or a related discipline. Candidates must have several years of experience in the successful management of complex research projects(ideally in an international context with data collection in low to middle income countries). Besides advanced project management and associated organisational, administrative and communication skills, candidates must also be proficient in the use of statistical software (e.g., SPSS). Experience with electronic survey data collection and basic knowledge of Arabic would be of advantage.

The position is full time and for 24 months and will start as soon as possible. For more information please see

The closing date for applications is 15 November 2015. For questions please contact Dr Michael Pluess (

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