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Research Assistant in the Department of Psychological Medicine

London (Greater) (GB)
£37,332 - £42,099 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.
Closing date
30 May 2024

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About us:

The Department of Psychological Medicine focuses on the interface between psychiatry and medicine, psychiatry and occupation, psychiatry and the military, and psychiatry in different settings. The disorders of interest are those of the common mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, perinatal psychiatry, psychological oncology, eating disorders and stress related disorders.

The Centre for Affective Disorders (CfAD) focuses on mood and anxiety disorders, common disorders which cause great suffering for many people.The CfAD is a centre of excellence for understanding the science related to these illnesses and uses this knowledge to help develop new treatments of all types including psychological and pharmacological. 

About the role:

The post holder will join The Psychoactive Trials Group at the Centre for Affective Disorders, King’s College London, led by Professor Allan Young and Dr James Rucker. The post holder will be part of a team of research assistants working across a number of clinical trials investigating the potential therapeutic use of psychedelic and related substances in mental health care.

The post holder will work closely with and be supervised by Catherine Bird (Clinical Trials Manager) and Dr James Rucker (Consultant Psychiatrist and Senior Clinical Lecturer at the Centre for Affective Disorders.)

The Psychoactive Trials group is a multidisciplinary research group based at King’s College London, collaborating with South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Trust. You will work across various locations including The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, The Centre for Mental Health Research and Innovation and the NIHR/Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Facility at King’s College Hospital.

This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed-term contract for 12 months.

About you:

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

Essential criteria

1.      First degree in a relevant subject

2.      Experience in the management or co-ordination of clinical trials or academic research studies

3.      Experience of research interviewing, including psychological measures and clinical assessments in patient groups

4.      Knowledge of ethics and research governance procedures

5.      Recent experience of recruiting research participants and evidence of high levels of participant retention into studies

6.      High level of organisational skills, problem solving and planning abilities

7.      Ability to work as part of a team with excellent collaborative skills and an ability to organize others

Desirable criteria

1.      Masters degree in a relevant subject

2.      GCP training and Human Tissue Act and Informed Consent training

3.      Experience of report / paper-writing and/or data analysis using statistical software

4.      Experience of recruiting participants from SLaM/NHS community teams, C4C, or IAPTs

5. Demonstrate flair, enthusiasm, innovation and leadership when faced with challenges

Downloading a copy of our Job Description

Full details of the role and the skills, knowledge and experience required can be found in the Job Description document, provided at the bottom of the next page after you click “Apply Now”. This document will provide information of what criteria will be assessed at each stage of the recruitment process.

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 will review your application, please take a look at our ‘How we Recruit’ pages.

We are able to offer sponsorship for candidates who do not currently possess the right to work in the UK.

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


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

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