Research Fellow, Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Southampton, United Kingdom
£32,348 to £35,333
05 Oct 2022
End of advertisement period
31 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Nursing, Midwifery and Health

Location:  Southampton Science Park, Chilworth
Salary:   £32,348 to £35,333
Full Time Fixed Term
Closing Date:  Monday 31 October 2022
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1917222CF-R

The post-doctoral Research Fellow (RF) will work with Dr Corine Driessens, Prof Peter Smith, and Fiona Lacey (YoungMinds) on an exciting ESRC funded study exploring Young People’s barriers to mental health services. Currently 1 in 4 Young People experiencing mental health problems receive mental health services. There is a lack of knowledge on those young people not accessing mental health services while experiencing mental health problems.

Secondary data from the Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) and the Longitudinal Study of Young People in England (LSYPE/NEXT STEPS) will be accessed to explore the characteristics and life-experiences of those young people with emotional mental health problems not using formal mental health services. The cohort data has been linked with administrative health care records to contribute an accurate description of young person’s mental health service utilization. Attrition and sporadic non-response to these prospective longitudinal cohort studies is dependent on presence of emotional mental health problems, hence a missing-not-at-random methodological approach will be taken during the analysis phase of the project. 

The post holder will have the opportunity to acquire or extend their experience in missing data analysis methods, mental health research, secondary analysis with linked data, working with secure data, and collaborating with experts with lived experiences. As well as cleaning and analysing the linked prospective cohort data, the post holder will contribute to writing the final report to the funder, presenting the findings at stakeholder conferences and meetings, and writing primary papers. The post holder will also be provided the opportunity to network with NIHR statisticians and applied health researchers by attending local and national workshops, meetings, and conferences.

The post holder will work in the central office of the ARC Wessex, an NIHR funded centre supporting applied health and care research to respond to and meet the needs of the local population and health and care system. The project will be part of the vibrant and multidisciplinary portfolio of the ARC-Wessex, providing the postholder with the opportunity to network with local and national ARC colleagues. 

The candidate will have a PhD and strong background in statistics or mental health research and/or experience working with prospective cohort studies. The candidate must show evidence of working independently, excellent organisation skills, team-work abilities, excellent writing skills, and statistical expertise. It is a requirement that the RF is accredited to work with secure data and therefore desirable that they have completed some form of ‘safe researcher’ training, although this could be obtained upon appointment. Other criteria are ability to explain complex research methods and statistics to a lay audience, and proven ability to express ideas and disseminate findings effectively. Experience with missing data methodology and/or young people mental health research and/or ALSPAC/NEXT STEPS data is strongly desirable. Applicants should be able to work independently as well as collaborate and liaison with other members of the research team, Young Advisors, data owners, stakeholders, and members of ARC-Wessex.

This post will require some flexibility as secure data analysis can only be done on a secure computer terminal. The project runs from October 2022 to September 2024.

The employing organisation is the University of Southampton which offers a competitive salary, pension scheme and other benefits.

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Corine Driessens,

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Research Fellow will be applied on successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given. 

You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Hannah Nash (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 2750, or email Please quote reference 1917222CF-R on all correspondence.

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