Research Fellow in the collaborative development of an arts-based tech-enabled psychotherapeutic intervention format to boost disadvantaged adolescents’ mental health


Full time starting salary is normally in the range £33,348 to £43,155 per annum with potential progression once in post to £45,737 pa. Grade 7

Hours: Full Time

Contract Type: Fixed Term contract up to 31st August 2027

Closes: 2nd July 2023

The post holder will work as part of ASP-belong, a Horizon Europe-funded 4-year research project involving 11 interdisciplinary, cross-sector organisations across 6 European countries. ASP-belong will develop Augmented Social Play (ASP), a pioneering digital mental health intervention format. ASP uses smartphones to deliver real-world group experiences that combine immersive storytelling, augmented reality, collaborative face-to-face gameplay and evidence based psychotherapeutic methodologies to boost individuals’ mental health while fostering a greater sense of belonging within the group. The post holder will work in close collaboration with the Scientific Coordinator Dr Kate Woodcock and with members of the wider consortium to lead the full life cycle of a package of research involving qualitative, creative, collaborative methods to describe the mental health and belonging needs of the most vulnerable adolescents in society, and how these needs could be met with ASP. This work will closely inform and direct the development of new ASP interventions.

Person specification

  • First degree in an area relevant to arts-informed, tech-facilitated psychotherapeutic intervention development and a doctoral degree (or near to completion) relevant to this research area
  • Experience of and facility with qualitative data collection and analysis, including the use of creative methods and/or work with vulnerable populations with additional communication needs
  • Experience and interest in working across disciplines and/or sectors
  • Interest in mental health, particularly in vulnerable and disadvantaged young people
  • Demonstrable ability to lead research activities through the whole life cycle, from design all the way through to successful outputs, including scientific publication
  • Ability to assess resource requirements in a research project, and to ensure resources are used effectively
  • Ability to communicate complex information clearly to diverse audiences
  • High level analytical capability
  • Fluency in relevant models, techniques or methods, proficiency in learning about others and ability to contribute to developing new ones (including quantitative and qualitative methods)
  • Ability to co-ordinate own work with others to avoid conflict or duplication of effort
  • Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day to day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly
  • Willingness and ability to travel for research activities (within the UK, in EU partner countries, and more broadly for dissemination)

UK and Global travel may be required as part of this role 

Interviews to be held week commencing 10th July 2023 

Informal enquires can be made to Kate Woodcock at [email protected] or 0121 414 6036

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