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Job id: 090867. Salary: £43,205 - £47,978 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 02 July 2024. Closing date: 14 July 2024.

Business unit: IoPPN. Department: Health Services & Population Research.

Contact details: Kelly Davies.

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Research.

About us:

The overall goal of the Department of Health Service & Population Research (HSPR) is to conduct world-leading research and education using the social and health sciences to better understand and to improve health outcomes, systems, and care both locally and globally, with particular focus on disadvantaged and marginalised populations.

HSPR is multi-disciplinary, including health care professionals, epidemiologists, economists, implementation scientists, qualitative methodologists, service users, social scientists, and statisticians. We work with academic, clinical, and policy organisations locally in London and the UK, and internationally in low, middle, and high-income countries.

About the role:

An experienced and highly motivated Research Associate is required for the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) National Priorities Programme in mental health, including children and young people. The aim of the programme is to catalyse and evaluate the co-produced implementation of high impact, evidence-based mental health interventions, at key stages of the life course, supra-regionally or nationally.

The Mental Health Implementation Network is led by NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) South London, working closely with NIHR ARC East of England as well as the other 13 ARCs nationally.

The post holder will provide research support across the three selected ARC projects:

•         Improving access to mental health services for minority ethnic communities

•         Children and young people’s mental health – parent-led Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

•         Integrated protocols for substance use, mental and physical health problems

This is a full time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract until 31st March 2025.

Applications will be considered from part-time candidates.

About you:

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

Essential criteria

1.        Good quality PhD in behavioural or social sciences, mental health, or in a discipline with a mental health-related orientation.

2.        Post-Doctoral level training in applied health research methods, excellent data collection and analysis skills, and experience of conducting and reporting mixed-methods research or evaluation projects.

3.        Experience of conducting evidence syntheses (e.g. systematic reviews, meta-analyses) and evidence appraisal.

4.        Track record of working with stakeholders in different organisational structures including patients, service users and carers.

5.        Evidence of excellent academic writing preferably published in peer-reviewed journals as expected by the subject area/discipline in terms of types and volume of outputs.

6.        Evidence of excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing to different audiences, including evidence of ability to produce clear, non-technical writing (e.g. for non-academic audiences.

Desirable criteria

1.      Record of supervising, appraising, coaching and mentoring of research students.

2.      Experience of writing and submitting research grant proposals for academic research.

3.      Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

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.

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted their thesis and are awaiting award of their PhDs will be considered. In these circumstances the appointment will be made at Grade 5, spine point 30 with the title of Research Assistant. Upon confirmation of the award of the PhD, the job title will become Research Associate and the salary will increase to Grade 6.

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.