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CONNECT Research Assistant

London (Central), London (Greater)
£37,332 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
16 Jun 2024

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About Us

The Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN) is a School of King's College London and the largest academic community in Europe devoted to the study and prevention of mental illness and brain disease. The IoPPN  pioneers research into new and improved ways of understanding and treating mental ill health ( ). The research role is based in the Psychology Department, one of the world’s largest academic groupings of clinical and health psychologists. It is one of four departments in the School of Mental Health and Psychological Sciences. (

About Role

This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join the CONNECT study at King’s College London as a researcher assistant. The CONNECT study is a multi-site Wellcome Trust funded project that aims to identify relapse signatures in people with psychosis using active and passive digital monitoring and data collection.

The NHS has a clear digital agenda for addressing mental health challenges by harnessing the information gathered from technology and self-management in long-term conditions. Our long-term vision is to improve the quality of life of people with psychosis while also reducing the impact and financial burden on service providers. Continuous symptom monitoring coupled with models that accurately and reliably predict relapse will contribute to this vision.

The post-holder will have an interest in and/or experience of research with people with a diagnosis of psychosis or severe mental health difficulties. It would suit a bright, responsible individual who can take initiative as well as work well in a team as well as problem solve issues relatively independently. The role involves recruitment and assessment of participants from local services, working closely with our local Research Coordinator, the study Project Manager based in Manchester and the project team. The successful applicant will join the Department of Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London.

This is a full time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered an a fixed term contract until 31/12/26.

About You

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

Essential criteria

  1. Degree in a Psychology or related field at least at the 2.1 level
  2. Knowledge and/or experience of working with people with severe mental health problems in the NHS
  3. Proven ability to use initiative to efficiently plan, and progress projects and communicate their findings
  4. Proven ability to work effectively as a team member as well as working alone
  5. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work with colleagues at all levels
  6. An understanding of confidentiality and protocols for ethics and data protection
  7. Flexible approach to dealing with research problems as they arise
  8. Excellent organisation and administrative skills

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience working as an assistant psychologist offering assessment and/or treatment to people with psychosis in the NHS.
  2. Experience working as a research assistant in a study using digital technology in people with severe mental health conditions.
  3. Experience with, and commitment to, patient and public engagement and non-academic dissemination of research study findings.

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.

Interviews are due to be held in late June.

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


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:

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

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