Research Fellow in Addictions (Experimental Medicine)
This 2-year Research Fellow position is to support a mid-career researcher to develop their addiction research credentials, working directly with Professor Strang and colleagues on human experimental studies of opioid addiction and/or associated complications, in order to become an increasingly influential research academic contributing to study of opioids (or other drugs) and to evolution of addictions science and public policy in this area.
It is anticipated that the applicant will, during the course of their time as a Research Fellow, develop to a level where they are capable of securing, in collaboration with senior colleagues, new grant income with their appointment acting as a platform from which they can develop further in the addictions field.
The new Research Fellow will be expected to have undertaken post-doctoral study and research within the Addictions field already (or in an area with direct relevance), as evidenced by published research output. The appointee will work directly with Professor Sir John Strang and his colleagues, exploring treatment-related and experimental research studies which will include (i) study of heroin overdose and its prevention and reversal, including experimental study with drug administration in clinical and non-clinical volunteer participants, (ii) experimental studies of protective benefit conferred by initiation onto treatments, (iii) study of out-of-treatment as well as treatment populations with addiction/substance use problems.
The post-holder will thus, over the two-year period of the appointment, work on research projects to improve our understanding of drug-related harms, as well as exploring the potential for new strategies for preventing such harms. This work will consequently build on recent work from the National Addiction Centre (NAC). In addition, the Research Fellow will contribute to examination and study of wider research and public policy, and the planning and delivery of dissemination events.
The post-holder will also be expected to contribute to educational activities within the Department, including contributing to support and teaching for students on our Addictions MSc, and they will also contribute to dissemination of research findings through contribution to a new twice-yearly joint meeting between clinical and research colleagues in the Addictions, and also an Addictions research newsletter with synopses of key research outputs and impacts.
This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 2 years. Continuation of appointment beyond this point will be dependent on securing new grant income.
This is a full-time post - 100% full time equivalent although applications for part-time arrangements will be considered
• To work with Professor Strang to develop and conduct specific studies of addictive behaviours and the mechanisms of development of associated harms, as outlined above
• To develop and implement experimental studies of healthy volunteers as well as with individuals with drug-related problems
• To assist with associated development work including: questionnaire design, preparing applications for research ethics approval, training of relevant clinical and research staff, and ensuring compliance with research governance
• To liaise with various partners to ensure recruitment of participants and adherence to protocol
• To contribute to educational and training activities of the National Addiction Centre, as directed, including to our Addictions MSc
• Any other duties appropriate to the grade, as directed.
Communication & Networking:
• To communicate effectively with clinical and research staff involved with specific studies
• To work with research and linked clinical staff to ensure completion of data collection
• To write clear precise research reports
• To present research data to relevant steering groups and other academic and clinical groups
Team work, teaching and learning support
• To work as an active research member of the Addictions Department
• To contribute to Addictions/Substance use training within the Department (including the Addictions MSc) as well as more widely
Decision Making, Planning and Problem Solving:
• To deal with problems effectively as they arise
• To demonstrate appropriate time management techniques
• To ensure compliance with protocol guidelines and research governance
• To show ability to work independently but under the supervision of more senior staff
Analysis & Research:
• To conduct healthy volunteer and clinical experimental studies, according to agreed projects
• To ensure timely and accurate data entry from study sessions onto computerised database
• To undertake quantitative data analyses in discussion with Professor Strang and other colleagues within Addictions
Sensory/physical demands & work environment:
• The post holder will be involved with experimental research studies of healthy volunteer and clinical volunteer patients
• The post holder will be aware of relevant health and safety policies and will take responsibility for his/her own health and safety
• Carry out any other duties appropriate to the grade and role as directed
• All staff are expected to adhere to King’s policies and procedures
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.
Skills, knowledge, and experience
• PhD awarded in appropriate topic area (or evidence of equivalence)
• Knowledge of addiction behaviours and their measurement
• Understanding of the issues involved in conducting research studies in the addictions field
• Good organisational skills with ability to organise time appropriately
• Ability to undertake schedule of work on his/her own initiative
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Clear, concise report writing skills
• Ability to adhere to study protocol and maintain study deadlines
• Good attention to detail and high standards of accuracy in all aspects of work
• Ability to time manage appropriately
• Computer literate with appropriate level of skills with statistical packages such as SPSS, STATA etc
• Ability to conduct and present scientific research in the form of posters and oral presentations
• Experience of research studies involving people with addiction disorders
• Experience of working with clinical services involved with addiction problems
• Experience of preparation of ethics applications and other related regulatory procedures
This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.
Addictions, Heroin, Substance Use