Research Assistant

London (Greater) (GB)
£34,502 - £39,333 (pro rata) per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
16 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
29 Sep 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job description

We are now seeking to appoint a motivated Research Assistant to support a project exploring the barriers and facilitators for female veterans in making a successful transition out of the UK Armed Forces into civilian life. This project will involve a literature review including interviews with key stakeholders in veteran care and policy, interviews with female veterans and quantitative data analysis to compare key outcomes between female veterans, their male counterparts and civilians. 

The post holder will be responsible for supporting the day-to-day management of the project including (but not limited to): participant recruitment, data collection (both qualitative and quantitative), data cleaning and data analysis (both qualitative and quantitative). There will also be the opportunity to contribute to writing up aspects of the project for scientific publication and reports. If time allows, there will be the opportunity to support other projects.

The successful candidate will have a degree in epidemiology, psychology, social science or another relevant subject. They will have relevant experience and skills which will enable them to support the research project with strengths in participant recruitment and quantitative data analysis. They will be proactive and have a flexible approach to work.

The post holder will join the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR) at King’s College London. KCMHR is the leading civilian UK centre of excellence for military, veteran and family health research. Independent of the UK Ministry of Defence and chain of command, our research has provided much-needed evidence on the health and well-being of serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.       


About the Faculty:   


  Research | Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience | King’s College London (


About the King’s Centre for Military Health Research:


This post will be offered on a fixed term contract for 18 months 

This is a part-time post - 80% full time equivalent. There is a possibility to make this position full-time in the future.


Key responsibilities

•        Recruitment of participants, initiating and maintaining contact over the course of the study period.  

•        Explaining the study to potential participants with clarity and answering any queries they may have. 

•        Conducting semi-structured telephone interviews with participants.  

•        Co-facilitating interviews and round table discussions with stakeholders. 

•        Dealing with potentially vulnerable participants in an appropriate and sensitive way with appropriate supervision from senior staff members. 

•        Management of qualitative and quantitative data. 

•        Conducting both quantitative and qualitative data analysis. 

•        Be flexible in terms of location of work and collaboration and assist with other studies within the department as required. 

•        This project may involve some evening and weekend work as required. 


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. A degree in psychological, epidemiology, statistics, or other relevant degree with a substantial analytical component.  
  2. Experience of quantitative analysis using STATA or other statistical syntax-based programme. 
  3. Experience of liaising with study participants. 
  4. Understanding of how to manage clinical risk when working with study participants. 
  5. Ability and willingness to investigate and learn new analytical methods. 
  6. Excellent writing skills with an ability to produce clear and concise reports. 
  7. Experience of data management and data cleaning/checking/validation. 
  8. Good organization, communication and presentation skills. 
  9. An interest in veteran health, mental health, epidemiology or similar.  
  10. Ability to use initiative and work independently. 

Desirable criteria

  1. A Masters degree in psychology, epidemiology, statistics, or other relevant degree with a substantial analytical component. 
  2. Experience of collecting qualitative data via interviews and focus groups. 
  3. Experience of qualitative data analysis.

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