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Research Associate (Society and Mental Health)

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
£43,205 - £45,521per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
4 Jun 2024

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An exciting opportunity has arisen to appoint a skilled and experienced Research Associate with quantitative expertise and / or experience in mental health research to join our research team at the ESRC-funded Centre for Society and Mental Health (CSMH, www.kcl.ac.uk/csmh). The post-holder will primarily work across two projects: the REACH study (www.thereachstudy.com) and the INTREPID programme (www.intrepidresearch.org/). They will be contribute to various aspects of these projects, including data management and analyses and public engagement and impact activities.  

REACH is investigating the developmental origins of mental health among young people from diverse backgrounds. REACH started in 2015 and is ongoing. Over 4000 young people from South London secondary school students have taken part, providing detailed information, each year, on their mental health and putative risk and protective factors for mental health problems. The latest wave of data collection (Wave 7) is in progress. INTREPID is investigating variations in all aspects of psychoses in three settings in the Global South. Data has been collected from individuals with and individuals without a psychotic disorder in each setting at baseline and two-year follow up. A six year follow up will begin this year, as part of the third phase of INTREPID. 

Working closely with the project leads, you will apply your quantitative data skills for to contribute to data management, sharing, and linkage (e.g., using Stata, Excel, and REDcap), data analyses (inc. conducting analyses and preparing data reports for the project leads, supporting others, and leading on analyses), and contributing to scientific papers (as lead and co-author). You will also be encouraged to define your own research interests within these projects, and propose analyses to examine these. 

You will also contribute to our expansive programme of public engagement and impact activities. 

The post provides an excellent opportunity to contribute to high impact research, and supports your continued career development through working across two landmark projects. You will be encouraged to make use of the wide range of training and career development resources available at King’s and within the CSMH and the department. You will have the opportunity to join the CSMH Early Career Researcher Network, which offers access to bespoke training opportunities.  

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

Key responsibilities

  • Contributing to the management and analyses of new and existing data, including developing independent lines of analysis
  • Overseeing data management and data sharing protocols and procedures 
  • Assisting with responding to time-sensitive and relevant issues that are at the forefront in the media and conduct basic statistical analyses quickly to inform a Centre/programme response 
  • Preparing and presenting information on research projects to research leads, advisory boards, and funding bodies where required
  • Managing and supporting data access requests from external researchers
  • Contributing to the production of reports and research papers, and the dissemination of findings for the programme in collaboration with other researchers
  • Contributing to the development, coordination and evaluation of public engagement and impact activities
  • Attending and contributing to team meetings and research meetings
  • Undertaking training relevant to the role, including data protection, and safeguarding, and if required in advanced STATA data management techniques and programming, multiple imputation, and inverse probability weighting
  • Working independently to complete tasks within agreed timeframes
  • Any other tasks relevant to the successful completion of the projects and programmes of research.

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.       PhD in an area related to mental health (e.g., epidemiology, psychology, sociology, neuroscience, social statistics) 

2.       Excellent working knowledge of Stata and / or other statistical software 

3.       Experience of data management protocols, processes, and systems 

4.       Experience of accurately and efficiently entering and cleaning research data  

5.       Experience of managing and analysing large, longitudinal and/or complex datasets 

6.       Effective communication skills (e.g., in presenting and disseminating findings to both academic and non-academic audiences) 

7.       Excellent understanding of data protection regulations and Information Governance procedures 

8.       Demonstrable understanding of the importance of data integrity in longitudinal/epidemiological research 

Desirable criteria

1.   Good knowledge of statistical methods for epidemiological research  

2.   Experience of managing or mentoring junior researchers 

3.    Experience of preparing written reports and papers 

4.   Experience of work in an interdisciplinary and diverse team, including with young people, community partners, and people with lived experience 

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.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service clearance.

Company

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.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit: www.kingshealthpartners.org.

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at www.kcl.ac.uk/kingsanswers.

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