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Research Associate in Military Health

£43,205 FTE per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
2 May 2024

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Academic Discipline
Life sciences
Job Type
Research Related, Research Associate
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time

Job Details

About King's:

The School of Life Course & Population Sciences is one of six Schools that make up the Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine at King’s College London. The School unites over 400 experts in women and children’s health, diabetes, nutritional sciences, population health and the molecular genetics of human disease. Our research links the causes of common health problems to life’s landmark stages, treating life, disease, and healthcare as a continuum. We are interdisciplinary by nature and this innovative approach works: 91 per cent of our research submitted to the Subjects Allied to Medicine (Pharmacy, Nutritional Sciences and Women's Health cluster) for REF 2014 was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. We use this expertise to teach the next generation of health professionals and research scientists. Based across King’s Denmark Hill, Guy’s, St Thomas’ and Waterloo campuses, our academic programme of teaching, research and clinical practice is embedded across six Departments.

About the Faculty:

About the role:

We are seeking to appoint a Research Associate in Military Health to join the School of Population Health Sciences. This position is to enhance our research capabilities with in-service military health research.

As a Research Associate you will support our on-going research in the field of military health. Your primary focus will be on conducting and supporting the delivery of high-impact research.

Responsibilities include:

  • Conducting research in military health, aiming for publication in top-tier journals
  • Developing and submitting ethics applications to the Ministry of Defence Research Ethics Committee
  • Fostering collaborative relationships and engaging in networking activities to bolster partnerships within the military health community
  • Playing a key role in the implementation of military health research and significantly contributing to its advancement at our institution

Please note: As a research post, there are no formalised teaching requirements, although there are occasional opportunities to become involved in the school’s teaching programmes (e.g. our MSc).

What we are looking for: The ideal candidate will possess:

  • A PhD in Psychology, Behavioural Science, Epidemiology, or related field, with a strong emphasis on military health
  • Experience in conducting high-quality research in military health, or a closely aligned topic
  • Experience in gaining research income (as a PI, CO-I or named researcher) from internal or external agencies
  • Strong collaborative skills, with the ability to work effectively within interdisciplinary teams and forge strong relationships across various departments

What we offer: We offer a unique working environment where you will have:

  • An exciting opportunity to play a key role in shaping the future of digital therapeutics, and health services in the School
  • A collaborative and supportive working environment at King’s College London
  • Opportunities for professional development and engagement in interdisciplinary research
  • The chance to contribute to digital health initiatives and collaborations with key health partners

How to apply: Please submit your application, including a CV, cover letter, and contact information for two references via our recruitment site. Your cover letter should highlight your interest in the role, your relevant experience, your future research plan (in brief) and how you meet the qualifications listed above.

This is a fixed term post until March 2025, being offered at 40% FTE.

Please note. You will be required to undertake criminal records check, and a UK security clearance vetting.

About You:

To be successful in this role, we are looking for candidates to have the following skills and experience:

Essential Criteria

  1. PhD in Psychology, Behavioral Science, Epidemiology, or a closely related field, with a strong emphasis on military health*
  2. Expertise in military health research
  3. Demonstrated ability to conduct high-quality, impactful research, as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications or equivalent
  4. Strong critical appraisal skills, including the ability to review educational materials, research proposals, or act as a peer reviewer for journals, with the capability to identify and address issues using specialist knowledge
  5. Experience in writing and securing research grants or developing proposals for research funding
  6. Ability to work both independently and as part of a team, with a demonstrated history of productive collaborations
  7. Demonstrate oral and written communication skills, with a proven ability to convey complex digital health concepts in an accessible manner to diverse audiences
  8. A strong commitment to promoting equality, diversity, and inclusion within academic and research environments

Desirable Criteria

  1. Experience with patient and public involvement in the design, development, and evaluation of digital health interventions

Full details of the role and the skills and experience required, can be found in the attached job description which provided on the next page.

* 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

We pride ourselves on being inclusive and welcoming. We embrace diversity and want everyone to feel that they belong and are connected to others in our community.

We are committed to working with our staff and unions on these and other issues, to continue to support our people and to develop a diverse and inclusive culture at King's. We ask all candidates to submit a copy of their CV, and a supporting statement, detailing how they meet the essential criteria listed in the advert. If we receive a strong field of candidates, we may use the desirable criteria to choose our final shortlist, so please include your evidence against these where possible.

To find out how our managers review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

Interviews are due to be held within three weeks of the closing date.

This role does not meet the requirements of the Home Office and therefore we are not able to offer sponsorship for candidates who require the right to work in the UK.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service.


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