KINGS COLLEGE LONDON

Postdoctoral research associate - RAMP study

Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
Grade 6: £38,304 - £41,517 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Posted
Wednesday, 20 January 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 31 January 2021
Ref
013204
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Hours
Full Time

The RAMP study (https://rampstudy.co.uk/) is seeking a Postdoctoral research associate to join our team examining mental health in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The post, a FTE fixed-term contract for 25 months, will specifically examine trajectories of symptoms of anxiety and depression in young people (aged 16-25years), relationships with modifiable risk factors (cognitions and behaviours) and interactions with ongoing experiences of stress.

Stress is a major predictor of depression and anxiety across the lifespan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, young people are likely to be exposed to elevated levels of stress, with heightened uncertainty around exams, jobs and reduced opportunities to interact with peers. However, not everyone who experiences stressors will go on to develop depression or anxiety, with many individuals displaying resilience in the face of stress. This project aims to examine mental health following the COVID-19 pandemic in order to improve understanding of how young people respond to stress, who is at greatest risk of worsening mental health and what approaches can most effectively help young people to cope.

This postdoctoral position will use data currently being acquired as part of the RAMP project and from our sister study which recruits participants from existing research cohorts, such as the ‘Genetic Links to Anxiety and Depression’ (GLAD) study (https://gladstudy.org.uk/). This project will also add long-term follow-up of youth participants currently enrolled in these studies. Group-based trajectory modelling and cross-lagged panel analyses will be used to examine symptom trajectories, predictors and covariates. Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) is central to each aspect of this project and this role will involve participation in regular focus groups, public engagement and dissemination events.

The post will be based at the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP, https://www.kcl.ac.uk/psychology-systems-sciences/about/departments/social-genetic-and-developmental-psychiatry) Centre at Denmark Hill. The successful candidate will work closely with the principle investigator Dr Katherine Young and will support a collaboration with the labs of Profs Gerome Breen and Thalia Eley. More broadly, the candidate will benefit from rich interdisciplinary collaborations and networks of academic and clinical research at King’s College London.

The successful candidate must have (or be about to receive) a PhD in psychology, epidemiology, or a related discipline. Candidates should be proficient in the use of statistical analysis software (R, python, STATA or MPlus). Prior experience in longitudinal modelling would be highly desirable.