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Job id: 090349. Salary: £38,619 - £46,404 plus London Weighting Allowance of £2,162.00 per annum.

Posted: 31 May 2024. Closing date: 14 July 2024.

Business unit: IoPPN. Department: Psychological Medicine.

Contact details: Khalida Ismail.

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Research.

About King's

Exciting new opportunity for a research fellowship for foundation 3 junior doctor in depression and traumatic brain injury. This is based at the Department of Psychological Medicine which is the largest department in the IoPPN and focuses on the interface between psychiatry and medicine, psychiatry and occupation, psychiatry and the military, and psychiatry in different settings.

About the Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a foundation grade or equivalent doctor to gain and develop clinical research skills. The successful candidate will play a key role in supporting a large multi-centre randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of sertraline in preventing depression in adults following a traumatic brain injury (TBI). This is funded at £2.2m by the National Institute of Health Research and is the first full scale study of the primary prevention of depression post TBI.

They will be based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, one of the leading clinical research centres in the world. The role will involve recruiting patients from the four Major Trauma Centres in London (King’s College Hospital, St George’s University Hospital, Royal London Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital).

The post holder has the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of the study, including subject recruitment and collection of clinical and other data on patients.

Training in research methods will be provided, and the post-holder will develop skills in using gold-standard diagnostic and clinical in psychiatry, neurology and general medicine which will provide a strong foundation for future research and clinical practice. They will also gain unique experience in the assessment and management of TBI and depression. The post holder will have the opportunity to undertake clinical sessions if appropriate. These can count towards clinical training for eligible trainees. They will also work closely with other research staff in the project and learn how to foster effective collaborative working relationships with a wide range of expertise from psychiatry, surgery, emergency medicine, intensive care, statisticians and health economists. The post holder will receive training in statistics and be encouraged to lead on manuscript writing and mentoring into academia if they desire this.

The successful applicant will contribute to the successful conduct and completion of the research projects. The candidate will be expected to: Contribute to the identification, recruitment and assessment of patients, ensure high quality care and safety of patients in the studies, assess and monitor patients using gold-standard clinical tools, monitor and ensure data quality and integrity, ensure an effective collaborative relationship with other researchers on the project, as well as with local clinical services, contribute to reports, and to data analysis and the dissemination findings, develop your own research interests under discussion with line manager and other related research activities as directed by the line manager.

This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract for one year. There is some flexibility in the start date depending on the needs of the research at the time of appointment.

About You

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential criteria

  1. General Medical Council registration or eligible for it, with a valid license to practice
  2. Experience of assessing patients with psychiatric disorders in UK or similar healthcare settings
  3. Interest and commitment to research
  4. Ability to think creatively and critically
  5. Ability to address research or audit questions
  6. Good organisational and time management skills
  7. Flexible, problem solving approach
  8. Ability to work independently, work in a team and to deadlines
  9. Evidence of strong academic potential and trajectory (e.g. prizes, distinctions, publications depending on career level)

Candidates not meeting criteria 1 and 2 will not be considered further.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.

Desirable criteria

  1. Relevant clinical and/or research experience
  2. Publications and/or presentations of research findings
  3. Additional qualifications such as intercalated BSc or MSc in health related or relevant subject

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

Further Information

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community. We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's.


We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.


To find out how our managers will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’  pages.


Interviews are due to be held in early July


We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.