A post-doctoral Research Associate position is available to work at the Autism Research Centre (ARC), Department of Psychiatry, University of Cambridge. 

Closing date: 22 July 2018

The project will analyse criminal cases in which the defendant is or is thought to be autistic. We are interested to discover if and how the Courts make reasonable adjustment for a defendant who is or may be autistic and if and how this affects the verdict and sentencing. We are seeking a researcher who has an understanding of autism.

The work is supported by an award from the Autism Research Trust and arises from a related research project at the ARC which looked into vulnerability in autistic people, co-funded by ART and the charity Autistica.

About the ideal candidate

Knowledge of the criminal justice system, in particular in relation to serious crime, would be an advantage. The successful applicant will work both independently and as a key part of a team, who comprise both legal and autism experts. The research will involve a survey with both lawyers and defendants.

Candidates should have a PhD or equivalent in a relevant discipline (such as but not restricted to Criminology or Psychology), with motivation to conduct scientific and/or policy-relevant research into autism. A track record of peer-reviewed publications would be an advantage.

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