Qualitative Research Assistant
We would like to invite applications for a Qualitative Research Assistant to work on a multi-centre National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) funded feasibility study (the “OPEN” trial) to examine the benefits and harms of prescribing the antipsychotic drug olanzapine to adolescents and young adults with anorexia who have not responded to first-line treatments. If this feasibility study is successful, we will apply for a full RCT to test olanzapine in this patient group. As part of the OPEN study, the postholder will be responsible for conducting qualitative interviews with young people with anorexia, and their family supporters, around treatment experiences and the perceived risks and advantages of taking olanzapine within the study. Interviews with health care professionals will explore issues around recruitment and retention of young people with anorexia to a trial of olanzapine and their perceived support needs. There will also opportunities to contribute qualitative expertise to other ongoing NIHR funded grants.
The post provides an exciting opportunity for a Research Assistant to be part of a thriving centre for qualitative research that uses rigorous and innovative methods to understand and improve the experiences of people with mental health problems. The postholder will work closely with Dr Vanessa Lawrence, Senior Lecture in Qualitative Social Sciences and Director of the Qualitative Applied Health Research Centre (QUAHRC) at Kings and Dr Hubertus Himmerich, Clinical Senior Lecturer for Eating Disorder (Principal Investigator of OPEN). The successful candidate will be based within the Social Epidemiology Research Group in the Health Services & Population Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neurosciences with affiliations with the QUAHRC and the Section of Eating Disorders, Department of Psychological Medicine.
This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months
This is a full-time post.