Project Coordinator (Fixed Term)
University of Cambridge Department of Psychiatry
United Kingdom

Project Coordinator (Fixed Term)




Department of Psychiatry












26 March 2019

Closing date


6 May 2019


We are looking to appoint a Project Coordinator to manage and coordinate the Spectrum 10K study. The Spectrum 10K study aims to investigate the genetic and environmental contributors to mental and physical health in a cohort of 10,000 autistic individuals and their families in the UK.


These will also be part of a large genetic of 100,000 autistic people worldwide (the Autism Genome Consortium), with the aim of discovering new common genetic variants that increase the likelihood of autism. The study is funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Autism Research Trust.


The appointee will be responsible for overseeing the implementation of the research program and ensuring the deliverables are met, setting up and following through on contracts with collaborating companies, developing the ethical and logistical framework, and recruiting participants into the project.


The appointee will work with the Director, Research Associates, and other members of the Autism Research Centre (ARC). The role entails liaising with teams at the University of Cambridge (led by Professors Simon Baron-Cohen and David Rowitch), the Wellcome Sanger Institute (led by Professor Matthew Hurles and Dr Hilary Martin), and UCLA (led by Professor Dan Geschwind), along with autism charities and other stakeholders. The appointee will also work with an advisory group comprising autistic people and their families, and with the research assistant(s) appointed for this study.


Candidates must have previous experience in managing research projects and previous experience working with autistic individuals will be an advantage. Candidates should hold a Bachelor's or equivalent degree in Genetics, Psychology, or Neuroscience or a related science subject. A graduate degree is desirable but not essential.


The Spectrum 10K is explicitly anti-eugenics and views autism as both a difference and a disability but not a disease, although some associated symptoms (such as epilepsy or gastro-intestinal pain) are diseases. The Spectrum 10K also aims to understand the broad heterogeneity within autism that ranges from learning difficulties through to talent.


Informal enquiries may be directed to Varun Warrier,


Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 14 January 2024 in the first instance.


Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.


The closing date is 6 May 2019 with interviews to be confirmed.


Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.


Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.


Please quote reference RN18627 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.


The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.


The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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