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Job id: 090526. Salary: £37,332 - £37,982 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 04 June 2024. Closing date: 18 June 2024.

Business unit: IoPPN. Department: Social, Genetic & Dev Psychiatry.

Contact details: Aislinn Bowler. aislinn.bowler@kcl.ac.uk

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Research.

About us:

The Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Department's focus is on common psychiatric disorders that emerge in childhood, such as mood disorders (anxiety and depression), 'externalising' disorders (disruptive behaviours, ADHD and addictions), and cognitive disorders (learning disabilities and the autistic spectrum). Collaborative interdisciplinary research and training are hallmarks of the SGDP. [AB1]  

The ADHD Remote Technology (ART) research programme, led by Professors Jonna Kuntsi and Richard Dobson, focuses on the development and application of a novel remote measurement technology system for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and associated conditions and traits. Projects include, for example, the MRC-funded research programme ADHD Remote Technology, the ADHD transition: predicting and preventing negative outcomes (ART-transition) study, and the EU-funded project, ADHD Remote Technology study of cardiometabolic risk factors and medication adherence (ART-CARMA).

The ART-transition study will involve remotely monitoring 250 young people with ADHD over a two-year continuous assessment period, using both active and passive monitoring. The active monitoring involves the participant completing questionnaires and a speech task on a purpose-built smartphone Active App and completing cognitive tasks on a home computer. Passive monitoring involves data collection using a wearable device and a purpose-built smartphone Passive App (for example, data on physical activity, sleep, social interaction, relative location and digital usage). The data will enable the team to address three core questions on the transition to adulthood for individuals with ADHD: What changes take place? What predicts these changes? How can we prevent negative outcomes and support healthy lifestyles? The team will then work with young people with ADHD to co-design a prototype for a new ADHD-transition smartphone app. It aims to prevent negative outcomes and support healthy lifestyles by facilitating self-management, personalisation of treatment and engagement with adult services. 

About the role:

We are looking for two highly motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistants to work on the ‘ADHD Remote Technology and ADHD transition: predicting and preventing negative outcomes’ (ART-transition) project. The post-holders will work with Professor Jonna Kuntsi and Dr Aislinn Bowler, Postdoctoral Research Associate, in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. They will also work closely with Professor Richard Dobson and his team.

The post-holder will be involved in the recruitment and data collection of ART-transition. We aim to recruit 250 adolescents to the project. Baseline assessments involve taking consent, carrying out psychiatric interviews and cognitive assessments, completing questionnaires and introducing the devices (smartphones and wearable devices) that participants will be using for the remote monitoring. The post-holder will be required to manage and support participants throughout the participants’ 24-month study period. The post-holder will also support other aspects of the day-to-day running of the study, including database management, writing newsletters, attending meetings, and liaising with clinicians.

The post-holders will report to Dr Aislinn Bowler and Professor Jonna Kuntsi but will also work with other research staff and students working on the ART research programme, including research assistants, PhD students, postdocs, and software developers.

Good time management, attention to detail, communication, and organisation skills are essential. The successful applicants will have good quantitative skills. Enthusiasm for science, and psychology/mental health in particular, is essential.

The ART team strives to be a diverse research environment that is open and welcoming to all.

This is a full-time post (35 hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract until 31st January 2028.

About you:

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

Essential criteria 

1.      2.1 or higher undergraduate degree in psychology or related mental health discipline

2.      Enthusiasm for scientific research

3.      Excellent communication and teamworking skills

4.      Excellent time management and organisational skills

5.      Ability to work autonomously

6.      Excellent attention to detail

7.      Great team-working skills

8.      Database experience

Desirable criteria

1.  Experience of working in a research environment

2.  Experience of data collection (e.g., conducting psychiatric interviews and administrating cognitive assessments)

3.  Experience of recruiting participants 

4.  Able to use statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, R

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 on the 2nd of July.

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

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearances.