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Job id: 090805. Salary: £37,332 - £38,966 per annum pro rata at 80% FTE, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 11 June 2024. Closing date: 18 June 2024.

Business unit: IoPPN. Department: Psychology.

Contact details: Colette Hirsch.

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Research.


About us:

Since the Department of Psychology was founded in 1950, it has carried on a distinguished programme of research, teaching and clinical practice, with a long-standing link with the  South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust. In 2004, the psychology sections of Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ School of Medicine merged with the Department, creating one of the world’s largest groupings of clinical and health psychologists. Today, Psychology is one of the largest departments in the IoPPN.  

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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.

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About the role:

This is an exciting opportunity to be part of an NIHR funded Efficacy and Mechanisms research programme to test a novel web-based intervention to target perinatal anxiety. The efficacy trial recruits pregnant women with high levels of repetitive negative thinking (RNT; e.g. worry or rumination), who are known to be at risk of developing high levels of anxiety. A key psychological mechanism that maintains RNT is the tendency to generate negative interpretations of unclear or ambiguous information (known as interpretation bias). We developed a novel online intervention to ‘train’ pregnant women at risk of escalating anxiety to develop a more helpful habit of generating positive interpretations. In the current project we test whether this intervention effectively reduces RNT and anxiety in pregnant women and new mothers.

Specifically, in this project we recruit pregnant women recruited via maternity services who experience high levels of RNT who are randomised to usual care or usual care plus RELAX our web-based intervention. We will assess the efficacy of the intervention in lowering levels of anxiety during pregnancy and after birth, and test whether changes are mediated by interpretation bias.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and motivated person, with an interest in pioneering web-based psychological intervention for anxiety in pregnant women and new mothers.  The post holder will have a key role in delivering the project. They will have good communication and presentation skills, together with the ability to organise and motivate themselves. They will work well with others and independently, and show initiative when faced with challenges. They will also contribute to a range of other dissemination activities, as well as activities relating to the effective running and closure of a clinical trial. The successful candidate will be part of the wider Cognition in Emotional Disorders and Resilience group at the Department of Psychology, King’s College London.

This post will be offered on a part-time (80%FTE), fixed term contract until 31st July 2025.

About you:

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

Essential criteria

1.      Degree in psychology at least at 2.i level or higher

2.      Experience running Psychology experiments and working with anxious people.

3.      The ability to resolve problems that are critical to the set-up and running of a large-scale online experiment and help plan to avoid them.

4.      Promotion of effective multi-disciplinary team working using a flexible, adaptable team-working attitude including the ability to use their own initiative.

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

6.      Excellent telephone manner, letter, report and scientific writing skills

7.      Experience of PPIE involvement in research and dissemination

8.      Excellent IT skills in the following areas (word processing, communication software, STRATA/SPSS, internet searching, Endnote, spreadsheets)

Desirable criteria

1.       Experience running an on-line psychological treatment trial

2.       Experience working with anxious

3.       Experience working with pregnant women

4.       Experience conducting cognitive bias modification research

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.

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 an Occupational Health clearance.