Research Assistant in the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry


16 Sep 2023
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Analysis Subject
Psychological sciences
Researcher Profile
Recognised Researcher (R2)
First Stage Researcher (R1)
United Kingdom
Utility Deadline
2 Oct 2023 – 00:00 (UTC)
Kind of Contract
Job Standing
Is the job funded by way of the EU Analysis Framework Programme?
Not funded by an EU programme
Is the Job associated to workers place inside a Analysis Infrastructure?

Supply Description

Job description

We’re searching for a extremely motivated pre-doctoral Analysis Assistant to hitch an thrilling new four-year Wellcome Belief-funded programme (METROPOLIS) below the general route of Dr Daniel Michelson. The programme goals to advance understanding in regards to the effectiveness and mechanisms of downside fixing (PS) and behavioural activation (BA) when delivered by peer counsellors as early interventions for younger folks with despair. Each PS and BA have the potential for use as transient and efficient standalone interventions, but they’ve hardly ever been evaluated exterior of multi-component packages. METROPOLIS will examine these energetic substances in India, which is residence to twenty% of the world’s youth inhabitants, specializing in college college students from deprived teams in New Delhi.  

The post-holder might be based mostly on the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s Faculty London, becoming a member of Europe’s largest grouping of youth-focused psychological well being scientists, medical lecturers and researchers on the newly established Pears Maudsley Centre for Youngsters and Younger Individuals. Venture companions embody Sangath NGO, Jindal World College, Youth for Psychological Well being, and Brighton and Sussex Medical College. The publish will entail common distant working with the India-based workforce and periodic worldwide journey to analysis websites in New Delhi.  

The profitable candidate will play a significant function within the coordination of the programme, helping with an array of analysis actions and offering seamless administrative assist. They are going to be anticipated to register for a part-time PhD concurrently with their salaried Analysis Assistant place. The precise focus of the PhD might be determined in settlement with the principal investigator and potential co-supervisors. It’s anticipated to suit inside at the least one in all 4 METROPOLIS work packages: (i) participatory adaptation of PS and BA protocols for a goal inhabitants of college college students experiencing subthreshold and case-level despair; (ii) growth of measures to evaluate hypothesised mediators; (iii) a 3-arm, individually randomised managed trial that compares outcomes and mediation results for peer-delivered PS, BA and an consideration management situation; and (iv) a realist course of analysis that makes use of qualitative interviews to analyze individuals’ views on intervention outcomes and mechanisms. 

We’re in search of candidates with postgraduate analysis expertise in a related area. The post-holder additionally requires glorious organisational expertise, meticulous consideration to element and excellent communication talents. These attributes might be vital for collaborating successfully with a various worldwide workforce; coordinating advanced time-sensitive duties throughout a number of workstreams and establishments; and concurrently finishing unbiased PhD analysis. Enthusiasm for youth psychological well being analysis and a dedication to a (medical) educational profession observe are important. 

Candidates ought to submit their utility together with a CV and canopy letter containing a concise description of their analysis pursuits, expertise and profession targets.

Casual enquiries may be directed to Dr Daniel Michelson ([email protected]

This publish might be provided on an element time 60percentFTE publish till third December 2027.

The profitable candidate will be capable to register concurrently for a part-time PhD, for which charges might be coated by the programme price range on the discounted fee for KCL workers. Please word: A separate PhD stipend won’t be payable along with the salaried part-time place.

Key tasks

  • To help the analysis workforce in assembly all deadlines and guaranteeing that the programme progresses in accordance with the agreed timetable 
  • To help within the preparation of examine protocols, ethics purposes and supporting analysis supplies
  • To hold out any administrative duties required for coordination of the analysis programme
  • To organize a PhD analysis proposal that’s embedded inside the METROPOLIS programme, and full the mandatory KCL utility and registration processes for enrolment in 2024 
  • To help with establishing and coordinating a youth advisory group 
  • To work collaboratively with implementing companions in reaching the required circulation of analysis individuals for every work package deal
  • To establish and talk areas of issue, and assist to formulate options at the side of the broader analysis workforce 
  • To transcribe and code qualitative interviews 
  • To help with safe switch of knowledge from India-based analysis websites to the UK
  • To keep up up-to-date file repositories and different methods to assist efficient collaboration between the principal investigator, co-investigators, analysis workers and wider collaborators 
  • To work in accordance with Good Scientific Apply, and attend related coaching to strengthen compliance  
  • To make sure knowledge confidentiality by working inside the necessities of the Common Information Safety Regulation (GDPR), the Information Safety Act 2018 and different regulatory our bodies, and attend related coaching to strengthen compliance
  • To help within the preparation of interim and closing stories for the funder, sponsor, ethics committee, steering committee and different analysis stakeholders as wanted
  • To help within the preparation of peer-reviewed analysis papers and public engagement supplies, together with lay summaries
  • To help within the preparation and supply of analysis displays to various audiences
  • To attend such conferences as needed for passable completion of the duties of the publish, together with periodic in-person conferences deliberate in New Delhi, India

The above listing of tasks might not be exhaustive, and the post-holder might be required to undertake such duties and tasks as might fairly be anticipated inside the scope and grading of the publish.  

Expertise, information, and expertise 

Important standards  

1.     Undergraduate (2:1 minimal) diploma in psychology or one other related topic 

2.     Robust dedication to endeavor a PhD in world youth psychological well being with the ambition to observe an instructional or associated profession path; all PhD eligibility standards should be evidenced 

3.     Analysis expertise (past undergraduate undertaking), together with a observe report of accumulating and analysing quantitative and qualitative knowledge; getting ready analysis ethics purposes; and writing up findings for publication

4.     Wonderful research-related computing expertise in MS Workplace, bibliographic software program and knowledge evaluation packages 

5.     Wonderful team-working expertise, with demonstrated means to work collaboratively with others and independently as wanted

6.     Wonderful organisational expertise, with demonstrated means to satisfy deadlines whereas managing a number of competing calls for 

7.     Wonderful verbal and written communication expertise, together with demonstrated means to arrange analysis outputs with meticulous consideration to element, in addition to the power to summarise educational analysis clearly in plain English

8.     Information of randomised managed trial methodology and lived expertise involvement in psychological well being analysis 

Fascinating standards

1.     Postgraduate qualification in world psychological well being, public well being, utilized psychology or one other related topic space  

2.     Expertise of psychological well being analysis or follow in India or one other low- or middle-income nation 

3.     Expertise of undertaking administration, together with budgeting and monetary reporting 

4.     Information of principle and proof associated to downside fixing and behavioural activation for youth despair 

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