We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated post-doctoral Research Associate for an exciting new project that aims to better understand digital engagement and mental health risks in young people with mental health vulnerabilities – eating disorders and self-harm. The project is a collaboration between King’s College London and the London School of Economics and is part of a larger programme of research on adolescent mental health and development in the digital world involving a large number of academic and non-academic partners funded by the Medical Research Council.
To deliver the project, the post-holder will work closely with researchers based at one of the collaborating institutions. The key aim of this role is to set up and complete data collection for a longitudinal study of the relationship between digital engagement and mood with adolescents aged 13-14 with eating disorder and self-harm. This will include assisting in recruiting youth advisory panel, developing and piloting assessment methods (e.g., ecological momentary assessment), preparing ethics applications, participant recruitment and data collection. The post holder will also be expected to liaise with the overall programme management team.
The post-holder will be employed by the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, King’s College London and will report to Professor Edmund Sonuga-Barke and Dr Kasia Kostyrka-Allchorne. The post is due to start in January 2022.
This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 30 months
This is a part-time post - 50% full time equivalent
Take primary responsibility for:
- Piloting methods for the remote assessment of digital use and mental health;
- The collection of data using these in the main trial and
- Liaison with statistical advisors to develop analysis plan.
In addition, working closely with the LSE counterpart to:
- Coordinate setting up study-related contracts/agreements between KCL and LSE.
- Undertake a literature review of the field.
- Set up the youth panel/stakeholder workshops.
- Devise participant recruitment strategy - set up recruitment.
- Prepare the final study protocol.
- Prepare and submit ethics applications.
- Present at team meetings and provide updates to the Co-Investigators and Programme Committees. Ensure data confidentiality, work within the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the Data Protection Act 2018 and other regulatory bodies.
- Undertake any training courses necessary to assist in delivery of the work package objectives.
- Assist in writing up and dissemination of findings.
The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.
- PhD* in psychology, health data science, health-related or other relevant subject – or equivalent experience.
Skills and Understanding
- An understanding of the challenges facing adolescents with mental health difficulties.
- Ability to work as part of a large research team.
- Rigour and accuracy in managing and analysing data.
- Excellent research-related computing skills, e.g., Endnote, packages to support data analysis.
- Knowledgeable in data confidentiality / security.
- Ability to conduct research with young people.
- Independence and resourcefulness.
- Ability to deal with sensitive issues and maintain confidentiality.
*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.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
- Demonstrated expertise in at least one of the following areas: ecological momentary assessments; conducting research with adolescents; conducting remote research projects, including setting up online surveys; analysis of large data pools; or successful recruitment of participants from a clinical population (mental health research).
- Evidence of delivering projects on time and to target.
- Writing or co-writing academic papers for per-reviewed journals.
- Experience of setting up online surveys.
- Collecting data using novel digital methods (e.g., app usage data).
- Experience of using R.
- Experience of working with young people with mental health difficulties in a research setting.
* 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.
The selection process will include a short presentation and a panel interview. Interview date TBC.
This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.