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Postdoctoral Research Associate and Teaching Fellow in Population Mental Health

London (Greater) (GB)
£43,205 - £46,732 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
11 Jun 2024

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In April 2024, IoPPN, King’s College London established a national Population Health Improvement Cluster (PHIC) with a focus on mental health, funded by UKRI. This post will be situated at KCL, working with and across this large disseminated UK-wide partnership spanning 10+ universities and other organisations across the country, alongside people with lived experience.

About the role

This post is an exciting opportunity for a postdoctoral researcher with a strong background in population health education and research to contribute to a newly established national Population Health Improvement Cluster (PHIC) with a focus on mental health, funded by UKRI. The postholder will have the knowledge and skills to both deliver and evaluate training (lectures, seminars, workshops and online training courses) and also conduct research in population mental health, with equal weight given to teaching and research roles.

The initiative is led by King’s College London, in partnership with Thrive LDN. This particular role will be based jointly at two sites: the Department of Psychological Medicine (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, Denmark Hill campus) and Population Health Sciences (Faculty of Life Sciences and Medicine, Guy’s campus). This is an interdisciplinary initiative which aims to improve population-based mental health. The initiative includes three challenge areas (1. Children and young people, 2. Suicide and self-harm prevention, and 3. Multiple long-term conditions) and four cross-cutting platforms (1. Policy, implementation and lived experience, 2. Data, linkages and causal inference, 3. Inequalities, 4. Training and capacity building).

The postholder will play a central role in Platform 4 and will be tasked with developing an interdisciplinary training programme to support the development of the next generation working in population mental health. The Cluster as a whole will have a strong national basis in partnerships with community organisations, local government, public health and people with lived experience and the postholder will need to be able to consider ways to share learning opportunities across this broad range of stakeholders.

The postholder will be expected to develop and lead on training co-developed with Platform and Challenge leads in the cluster, including training in qualitative and quantitative methods training and involvement.

The role will also provide an exciting opportunity for the postholder to develop research in this area, drawing from the wider themes and expertise in the initiative.

The postholder will be expected to contribute to network meetings, away-days, conference and other networking events. The postholder will support the delivery of relevant content to other Cluster members and material for external audiences.

The applicant will have a demonstrable track record of writing clearly for academic audiences and will be expected to also lead analyses and preparation of peer reviewed manuscripts and may also contribute to, or lead, other dissemination activities in partnership with other Cluster members.

Successful shortlisted applicants may be asked to present a short presentation and complete a task relevant to the role.

This post is split across two faculties - Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience.and  Faculty of Life Sciences & Medicine and the post-holder will be expected to work on-site (Guy’s campus, London Bridge, and IoPPN, Denmark Hill Campus). In addition, given the national remit of the role, there will be opportunities for travel and working with national partners.

This is a full time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract until 31st March 2028.

In person interviews at London Bridge are currently scheduled for 28th June.

The successful applicant will be expected to work on campus at least 4 days per week and must be willing to travel across partner locations across the country for key meetings and events.

About you

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

Essential criteria

  1. A PhD in a relevant discipline [e.g. public health, mental health epidemiology or population health]
  2. Understanding of the UK public health context
  3. Evidence of independent research, using quantitative or qualitative methods, in public health or mental health
  4. Knowledge / experience of mental health research
  5. Experience in managing, delivering or developing educational programmes
  6. Experience of effective engagement with a diverse range of students / stakeholders
  7. Excellent presentation and communication skills (both written and verbal)

Desirable criteria

  1. Evidence of educational scholarship and research
  2. Experience of working in a public health related field
  3. Knowledge / experience of advanced quantitative analytic methods including use of large-scale datasets for research, or in qualitative / mixed methods approaches, and / or patient and public involvement in research
  4. Evidence of publication of research in peer-reviewed journals
  5. Relevant qualification in education / Fellowship of the HEA (or equivalent)

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.

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 on 28th June.

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 a Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.


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