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Research Assistant in ADHD Remote Technology and ADHD transition

Employer
KINGS COLLEGE LONDON
Location
London (Greater) (GB)
Salary
£37,332 - £37,982 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Closing date
18 Jun 2024

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About us:

The Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Department's focus is on common psychiatric disorders that emerge in childhood, such as mood disorders (anxiety and depression), 'externalising' disorders (disruptive behaviours, ADHD and addictions), and cognitive disorders (learning disabilities and the autistic spectrum). Collaborative interdisciplinary research and training are hallmarks of the SGDP. [AB1]  

The ADHD Remote Technology (ART) research programme, led by Professors Jonna Kuntsi and Richard Dobson, focuses on the development and application of a novel remote measurement technology system for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and associated conditions and traits. Projects include, for example, the MRC-funded research programme ADHD Remote Technology, the ADHD transition: predicting and preventing negative outcomes (ART-transition) study, and the EU-funded project, ADHD Remote Technology study of cardiometabolic risk factors and medication adherence (ART-CARMA).

The ART-transition study will involve remotely monitoring 250 young people with ADHD over a two-year continuous assessment period, using both active and passive monitoring. The active monitoring involves the participant completing questionnaires and a speech task on a purpose-built smartphone Active App and completing cognitive tasks on a home computer. Passive monitoring involves data collection using a wearable device and a purpose-built smartphone Passive App (for example, data on physical activity, sleep, social interaction, relative location and digital usage). The data will enable the team to address three core questions on the transition to adulthood for individuals with ADHD: What changes take place? What predicts these changes? How can we prevent negative outcomes and support healthy lifestyles? The team will then work with young people with ADHD to co-design a prototype for a new ADHD-transition smartphone app. It aims to prevent negative outcomes and support healthy lifestyles by facilitating self-management, personalisation of treatment and engagement with adult services. 

About the role:

We are looking for two highly motivated and enthusiastic Research Assistants to work on the ‘ADHD Remote Technology and ADHD transition: predicting and preventing negative outcomes’ (ART-transition) project. The post-holders will work with Professor Jonna Kuntsi and Dr Aislinn Bowler, Postdoctoral Research Associate, in the Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry (SGDP) Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London. They will also work closely with Professor Richard Dobson and his team.

The post-holder will be involved in the recruitment and data collection of ART-transition. We aim to recruit 250 adolescents to the project. Baseline assessments involve taking consent, carrying out psychiatric interviews and cognitive assessments, completing questionnaires and introducing the devices (smartphones and wearable devices) that participants will be using for the remote monitoring. The post-holder will be required to manage and support participants throughout the participants’ 24-month study period. The post-holder will also support other aspects of the day-to-day running of the study, including database management, writing newsletters, attending meetings, and liaising with clinicians.

The post-holders will report to Dr Aislinn Bowler and Professor Jonna Kuntsi but will also work with other research staff and students working on the ART research programme, including research assistants, PhD students, postdocs, and software developers.

Good time management, attention to detail, communication, and organisation skills are essential. The successful applicants will have good quantitative skills. Enthusiasm for science, and psychology/mental health in particular, is essential.

The ART team strives to be a diverse research environment that is open and welcoming to all.

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

About you:

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

Essential criteria 

1.      2.1 or higher undergraduate degree in psychology or related mental health discipline

2.      Enthusiasm for scientific research

3.      Excellent communication and teamworking skills

4.      Excellent time management and organisational skills

5.      Ability to work autonomously

6.      Excellent attention to detail

7.      Great team-working skills

8.      Database experience

Desirable criteria

1.  Experience of working in a research environment

2.  Experience of data collection (e.g., conducting psychiatric interviews and administrating cognitive assessments)

3.  Experience of recruiting participants 

4.  Able to use statistical packages such as SPSS, Stata, R

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 on the 2nd of July.

We are not 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.

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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