Research Associate (Grade 6)

London (Central), London (Greater)
£38,304 - £40,414, including London Weighting Allowance
08 Nov 2021
End of advertisement period
06 Dec 2021
Job Type
Research Related
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Job description

The ideal candidate will play an integral role in supporting Professor Santosh who heads the Centre for Interventional Paediatric Psychopharmacology and Rare Diseases (CIPPRD) at the Maudsley Hospital, London and the Centre for Personalised Medicine in Rett Syndrome (CPMRS) at King’s College London.           

The integrated clinical and research CIPPRD/CPMRS team manages young people aged 2 years or over with complex treatment-resistant neuropsychiatric disorders. The clinical and research team has also developed the world’s first centre for personalised medicine in Rett syndrome (a debilitating childhood neurodevelopmental disorder) that provides access to clinical trials and is preparing for the first gene therapy trial to  start in a few years.                               

We are looking for an ambitious post-doctoral research scientist who is able to perform research work to high standards, has excellent organisational and team working skills, and will be able to support other members of the team. The postholder will be a key member of a team that bridges across both clinical and applied clinical research in child and adolescent psychiatry, and complex neurodevelopmental disorders. Specifically, the role will involve developing norms for web-based and wearable sensor methods in neurotypical and neurodevelopmental disorders. This post would suit someone who has an interest in applied clinical research within child and adolescent neuropsychiatry, which has the potential to make a significant translational impact on the patient care pathway. 

We are looking for a candidate who has excellent research skills and who is able to write manuscripts for publication, has independent critical thinking, flexibility and good teamwork. This post would be suited to a committed researcher looking for their first post-doctoral position and will have the opportunity to manage their own project with the guidance of senior members of the team. The successful candidate will also benefit from being able to work with a multi-dimensional team involving Consultants, Speciality Doctors, Clinical Psychologists and Data Analysts. 


This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months in the first instance. 

This is a full-time post – 1.0% full time equivalent


Key responsibilities

  • Management of own academic and clinical research, and planning outputs against deliverables in discussion with Professor Santosh. This also involves being able to lead on a project and co-ordinate different aspects of work to meet deadlines.
  • Be able to draft manuscripts with a view for submission into high impact factor journals.
  • Work as part of a team to prepare documentation for grant applications, and abstracts/posters for scientific meetings.
  • Collaborate with other members of the clinical and research teams to understand and support cross-functional projects.


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

Essential criteria 

  1. PhD degree related to life sciences
  2. Experience in child and adolescent psychiatry or psychology and in-depth knowledge of the subject area with an emphasis on neurodevelopmental disorders
  3. Evidence of being able to draft manuscripts for publication or have a peer reviewed manuscript in a good quality journal
  4. Knowledge of writing grants and being able to seek out & applying for different funding streams for the team
  5. Being able to adapt and have good project management skills
  6. Ability to work effectively in a multidisciplinary environment
  7. Ability to organize own time and work independently
  8. Have excellent written and verbal communication skills

Desirable criteria 

  1. Willingness to help train others in the team and work across the clinical and research team
  2. Develop productive working relationships with other team members and support them as necessary
  3. Experience of collaborative clinical research especially using digital health monitoring

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


This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

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