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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

The Centre for Family Research is leading an international research programme into how early family relationships shape infants' social and cognitive development. Key features of this study are the inclusion of fathers at each time-point (including a prenatal visit) and the use of detailed observations of parent-infant interactions. A recent Wellcome Trust Seed for Science Award has enabled us to extend the scope of this study in two ways:

1) Harnessing the power of new technology to obtain rich measures of parent-infant interaction (e.g., quantity and emotional tenor of talk).

2) Recruiting 50 new expectant parents whose transition to parenthood involves a stay in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), for example, following premature delivery.

The successful applicant will work as part of a team of at least 5 researchers led by Professor Claire Hughes (Deputy Director of the Centre for Family Research) and so will receive plenty of support and training. The applicant will, however, be expected to work independently in liaising with families, conducting home visits and carrying out office-based duties (e.g., coding videos). As the work entails visits with both mothers and fathers applicants must be willing to fit hours of work around family commitments - with regular work at weekends and/or evenings.

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