Post-Doctoral Research Fellow - data led identification of health risk

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7107051 (Ref.No. MHPSY1099)
Posted: August 3, 2022

Job Description

Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology - ‘Lifespan multimorbidity’ (LINC) Research Collaborative 

Do you want to apply your skills to help lead research exploring why people with mental health disorders are more likely to develop physical health conditions? Are you motivated to work with an ambitious team seeking to connect health and education services early in a child’s life so the child can enjoy better long-term physical and mental health? Are you interested in studying data from five large research cohorts, involving circa 760,000 people, to identify early genetic and environmental risk factors that can be modified to improve the health of our population?   

 A position is available for a Research Fellow to work within the prestigious Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research at the University of Leeds. You will work on a large multisite international consortium project studying the development of co-occurring physical and mental health disorders (multimorbidity). The project will examine the role of genetic and environmental factors in physical and mental health multimorbidity development.

You will join a consortium of researchers funded by a £3,632,000 grant from the Medical Research Council and The National Institute for Health Research. The LIfespaN multimorbidity research Collaborative (LINC) consortium is working across five cohorts to further our understanding of the aetiology of multimorbidity. The health of the participants within the cohorts is followed over time, with information available from medical notes (primary and secondary care) as well as study interviews, questionnaires, and laboratory-based assessments (for example blood pressure and glucose and lipid levels). Rich information on risk and protective factors is also obtained regularly (for example on deprivation or stressful experiences). The availability of DNA across all five cohorts will allow the study of the role of genes in multimorbidity development. The research will shine a light on some of the factors that cause children to have special educational needs and disability (SEND) and help identify approaches to support these children in school settings to improve their health in the long term.

To explore the post further or for any queries you may have, please contact: 

Prof Mark Mon-Williams, School of Psychology 

Tel: +44 (0)113 343 5725; 

Email: [email protected] 

As an international research-intensive university, we welcome students and staff from all walks of life and from across the world. We foster an inclusive environment where all can flourish and prosper, and we are proud of our strong commitment to student education. Within the Faculty/School of Psychology we are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to Black, Asian, people who belong to a minority ethnic community, people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities. Candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability.


Location:  Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  School of Psychology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 7
Salary:  £34,304 to £40,927
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (To 30 November 2025)
Release Date:  Tuesday 02 August 2022
Closing Date:  Tuesday 30 August 2022
Interview Date:  To be confirmed
Reference:  MHPSY1099


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