Senior Research Fellow (My First 1000 Days Project)

University of Leeds

Leeds, United Kingdom

ID: 7192219 (Ref.No. MHPSY1116)
Posted: November 9, 2023

Job Description

School of Psychology, Faculty of Medicine and Health

My First 1000 Days Project

Are you interested in improving the long-term development and life chances of children born into disadvantaged communities? Do you have research experience in language and cognitive development or children and disability? Do you have experience working on feasibility studies?

We are recruiting a Senior Research Fellow to work on the ‘My First 1000 Days’ project, a project aimed at improving the long-term development and life chances of children born into some of Britain’s most disadvantaged communities. Funded by a substantial donation from an individual donor, the project will harness expertise from research groups across the University and work with a range of regional and international partners. This project has differing workstreams that represent a holistic approach to the crucial first 1000 days of a child’s life. The project will determine the feasibility of implementing group care with new mothers /fathers/ caregivers and their 0–2-year-olds in Leeds. It is anticipated that the project outcomes will influence and inform national policy, especially around how supporting early parenting can impact language and cognitive development, healthy behaviours, and support the flourishing of disabled children.

You will be responsible for the My First 1000 Days research activities which will include conducting a situational analysis, setting up and implementing a feasibility study, and undertaking qualitative and/or quantitative evaluations.

Name, Job Title Professor Jason Halford

Email: [email protected]

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Location:  Leeds - Main Campus
Faculty/Service:  Faculty of Medicine & Health
School/Institute:  School of Psychology
Category:  Research
Grade:  Grade 8
Salary:  £45,585 to £54,395 per annum
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Fixed Term (To 28/02/2026)
Release Date:  Wednesday 08 November 2023
Closing Date:  Thursday 30 November 2023
Interview Date:  Thursday 21 December 2023
Reference:  MHPSY1116

The University community is made up of a wide range of people with diverse backgrounds and circumstances, which we value and regard as a great asset. As part of our continued commitment to equality and inclusion, we strive to create an environment where everyone can reach their full potential and have a real opportunity to participate in and contribute to our activities.