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Job id: 090626. Salary: £51,974 - £56,283 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 10 June 2024. Closing date: 17 June 2024.

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

Contact details: Thalia Eley.

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 behaviour including hyperactivity and addictions), and cognitive disorders (learning disabilities and the autistic spectrum). Scientists at the SGDP lead some of the UK’s foremost longitudinal cohort and twin studies including TEDS, eRISK, Dunedin, IMAGEN and GLAD. Collaborative interdisciplinary research and training are the hallmarks of the SGDP, with research encompassing behavioural genetics, molecular genetics, experimental psychology and psychiatry, and neuroimaging.

Link to the SGDP Centre 

About the Faculty

The IoPPN is a Faculty of King's College London and the largest academic community in Europe devoted to the study and prevention of mental illness and brain disease.

The complementary roles of the IoPPN are: (i) to pioneer research into new and improved ways of understanding and treating mental illness and brain disease; (ii) to offer advanced research training for psychiatrists, psychologists, neurologists and other scientific and paramedical workers.  The IoPPN's greatest strength is the interdisciplinary nature of both its research strategy and educational activities, providing unique opportunities for students and staff.

Link to IoPPN webpage:

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to lead on work using medical records linked to the Twins’ Early Development Study (TEDS) participants as part of the current programme grant and then across several other cohorts as part of a new Wellcome Trust funded Discovery Award. The overall goal is to build prediction models of psychological treatment outcomes relating to anxiety disorders in the mid-twenties.

Specifically, this post-holder will compare rates and reports of anxiety and depression diagnoses in linked health records in TEDS to twin-reported information provided at age 26. They will then move on to analyses of the NHS Talking Therapies service data available on participants from TEDS and 4 other cohorts including the Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression (GLAD) Study, Genes and Health, and UK Biobank.

The successful candidate will have excellent analytical and data management skills including experience working with medical record data such as that from the NHS Talking Therapies service. The successful candidate will be part Prof Thalia Eley’s Emotional Development, Intervention and Treatment (EDIT) Lab, KCL.

This is a full time (35 Hours per week) position, and you will be offered a fixed term contract until 31/12/2028.

About you

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

Essential criteria

1.      PhD qualified in relevant subject area (e.g. psychology) 

2.      Experience with analysis of medical record data 

3.      Strong analytical and data management experience (e.g. using R) 

4.      Experience of or interest in learning coding language such as Python and SQL.  

5.      Strong publication track record as both first and middle author 

6.      Promotion of effective multi-disciplinary team working using a flexible, adaptable team-working attitude, with an ability to supervise analyses by more junior members of the team.  

7.      Ability to show attention to detail and high standards of accuracy in all aspects of work 

Desirable criteria

1.      Experience working with NHS Talking Therapies data  

2.      Experience with prediction modelling analysis techniques

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 1st July 2024 

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