We are pleased to announce a new opportunity for a Research Assistant post on the BRIGHT project to be based in the UK with opportunities to travel to, and work in, the Gambia over the course of the funding.
In collaboration with University College London, Kings College London and the MRC Unit The Gambia, we have been funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct The Brain Imaging for Global Health (BRIGHT, http://globalfnirs.org) project. This prospective longitudinal study that aims to examine the link between early life risk factors, such as undernutrition and poverty, on infant neural and cognitive development. This is a multi-site project with researchers based in London (Birkbeck and UCL), Cambridge and the MRC unit in Keneba (in the Gambia). Infants in the Gambia and UK are tested on a range of measures including fNIRS, EEG, eye-tracking, and behavioural assessments from birth to the age of 24 months with the aim of developing “brain function for age reference curves” of development, exploring individual differences in infancy and investigating how these relate to early life risk factors.
The research assistant will be responsible for the implementation and day to day management of new language measures in the Gambia and UK. This will include visiting participants’ homes to fit them with the recording devices, conducting interviews with caregivers, and general data management. The post holder will also be expected to contribute to the general testing, quality control checks and analysis procedures that are conducted within the BRIGHT study.
The main site for the UK study is Cambridge, and so the post-holder will primarily be based at the University of Cambridge where Dr Sarah Lloyd-Fox is an Affiliated Lecturer. The post-holder will also be expected to regularly travel to the Gambia to oversee training and data collection at our second site.