Senior Postdoctoral Researcher and PhD Positions available on ERC FamilySleeps Project

Apply before 29th May 2022

·         Senior Postdoctoral Researcher,, ID 014841

·         PhD Studentship,

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The Family Genomics Research Group in the Department of Biology, Maynooth University (  are recruiting a Postdoctoral Researcher and PhD Candidate to join our ERC “FamilySleeps” research project, funded by a European Research Council Starting Investigator grant awarded  to Dr Lorna Lopez, “Disruption of Circadian Rhythms in Families – an Endophenotype of Autism Spectrum Disorder”.

FamilySleeps is the first study to investigate circadian rhythms in autism in the context of genetics, the environment, and social synchrony of the family. FamilySleeps will bring together a team of scientific and clinical researchers, with public patient involvement experts, to work on the underlying biological basis of disrupted circadian rhythms in families with autism. This understanding will help address sleep disruption and other problems in families with autism, as well as increasing our understanding of the role of circadian rhythms in neurodevelopment in a family context.

We are looking to appoint

·         a lead analyst on our genomic risk score work package with a statistical genetics research background and experience in neuropsychiatric genomic risk profiling data analysis. The successful candidate will lead large-scale studies on circadian rhythms in families with neurodevelopmental conditions.  The successful candidate will be supported to prepare fellowship proposals and to develop independent research themes, should they wish to do so. This post is for 24 months, and funding is available for a further 24 months, and an anticipated commencement month of July 2022. 

·         an outstanding graduate with a strong background in either biomedical science (particularly genetics) or statistics (with an interest in human health/biology) to a PhD studentship. An enthusiasm for understanding and communicating neuropsychiatric genetics is essential. This is a four-year position, starting on 1st October 2022, with generous training and travel opportunities.

Both researchers will join a dynamic, well-supported, multidisciplinary research team of geneticists, chronobiologists and psychiatrists undertaking genetic risk profiling on circadian rhythms in families.