The 2030 Goals Research Fellow is a new and vital role that will enable us to accelerate our capacity for creating breakthroughs for autistic people over the next decade.

The role is focused on delivering innovative research that meets community priorities, has strong potential to produce real-world impact and is based on a realistic and well-articulated theory of change.

The post holder will play a key strategic role in Autistica’s ambitious plans to improve autistic people’s lives by 2030. Working with the research team, you will lead the development and delivery of projects, and build strong collaborations with our academic and industry partners.

You will work closely with the head of research to help Autistica create breakthroughs. By shaping, conducting and implementing the research related to our 2030 Goals projects and reporting on its effectiveness. You will also work with the fundraising team to generate Goals-related funding proposals and reports.


The details

Job title: 2030 Goals Research Fellow
Responsible to
: Head of Research
Contract
: Full-time (35 hours per week), fixed-term to October 2023 with the possibility of extension
Salary
: £37,000 per year
Location
: Central London with flexible working available

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The process

Applications must be submitted by 12pm on Monday 30 May 2022.

Shortlisted applicants will be contacted by email on Tuesday 31 May and interviews will take place via Microsoft Teams on Wednesday 1 June.

The successful candidate will ideally be available to be in post by 1 July, or as soon as possible thereafter.

How to apply

Applications should include a full CV and a personal statement of no more than one A4 page outlining your suitability for the role and what you would do to deliver the planned research.

Applications should be submitted via email to Amanda.Roestorf@autistica.org.uk with the subject line “Attitudes Research Fellow” and must arrive no later than 12pm on Monday 30 May 2022.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Dr. Amanda Roestorf at Amanda.Roestorf@autistica.org.uk.

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About the role

The role will work across two major projects focused on our 2030 Goals:

Developing the Autistica Autism Attitudes Index (50-65%)

  • Construct an index about public perceptions of autism.
  • Lead the scoping, development, testing and implementation of the index among the general public.
  • Test and validate the psychometric properties of the index.
  • Prepare the final Attitudes Index for launch in April 2023.

Developing the Autistica Employment Index (35-50%)

  • Construct an employment index focused on inclusion practices.
  • Lead the scoping, development, testing and implementation of the index with industry partners.
  • Test and validate the psychometric properties of the index.
  • Prepare the final employment index for launch in October 2023.

General responsibilities spanning both projects

  • Evaluate each index longitudinally, reporting preliminary findings.
  • Write up the project protocols and findings for dissemination in scientific journals, industry and community media and conference presentations.
  • Ensure there is good communication within the science team and cross-team working with our external affairs and fundraising teams.
  • Ensure we build and maintain constructive collaborations and relationships with organisations working in related areas.

Who we are looking for

You will fit in well at Autistica if you are passionate about delivering innovative solutions to research and you value working to high performance within a team who think in diverse ways.

Essential skills and experience

  • Degree in psychology or a related field (eg, neuroscience, statistics, maths, artificial intelligence).
  • A PhD in a scientific discipline related to autism or neurodevelopment.
  • Demonstrate excellence in conducting scientific research.
  • Extensive knowledge of statistics and statistical packages, such as R or STATA.
  • Statistical and programming skills.
  • Experience in the application of statistics.
  • Trained and experienced in facilitating community research involvement (ie, patient and public involvement) and working in partnership with professionals and/or charities.
  • Strong ability to manage concurrent projects within the defined timeframe, budget and deliverable criteria.

For more information about the skills and experience we're looking for, download the full job description and person specification.


Apply now

All applications should be submitted via email using the subject "Attitudes Research Fellow" with a personal statement of no more than one A4 page outlining your suitability for the role and what you would do to deliver the planned research. All applications must arrive by 12pm on Monday 30 May 2022, with interviews taking place on Wednesday 1 June.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Dr. Amanda Roestorf at Amanda.Roestorf@autistica.org.uk.

We particularly encourage applications from autistic people, people with other neurodevelopmental conditions and people from all underrepresented groups within the sector.