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Research Assistant in Population Mental Health

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

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About us

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.

This post is an exciting opportunity for a research assistant to work across a range of projects relating to mental health and inequalities. You will join a team committed to tackling mental health inequalities through the application of rigorous evidence-based approaches which maximise insights from large-scale data, and which draw upon other methodologies (qualitative evidence, systematic reviews). You will be conversant in mental health population sciences, epidemiology, public health, data sciences, or a related discipline (a good MSc-level degree in one of these areas would be highly desirable). You will be committed to working with people with lived experience of mental health difficulties. You will be able to evidence strong skills in written and verbal communication and have a flexible mindset, able to work with a range of stakeholders and partners, at times under pressure, and to tight deadlines.

About the role

The job will support a range of projects focussing on mental health inequalities. This currently includes the ‘Social and Economic Predictors of Mental Disorders’ study (SEPMD),  and the work of the UK Population Health Improvement (UK-PHI) Population Mental Health Consortium.

This is a full-time post (35 Hours per week), and you will be offered a fixed term contract for 12 months.

 Post-holders will be expected to work on site (Denmark Hill Campus, IOPPN, KCL)_and may occasionally need to travel for work nationally (travel expenses for work-related trips will be covered).

About you

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

Essential criteria

1.      Good undergraduate degree in a relevant topic area.

2.      Knowledge / experience of mental health research. 

3.      Evidence of independent research, using quantitative or qualitative methods. 

4.      Knowledge/ experience of working with people with lived experience of mental health difficulties, for research studies. 

5.      Clear and legible writing style, able to formulate plain English summaries, reports or other outputs. 

6.      Able to independently organise and convene meetings with stakeholders, overseeing all elements (agenda setting, minute taking, inviting speakers, organising payments for people with lived experience, etc). 

Desirable criteria

1.      MSc qualification (already awarded or to be awarded this academic year) in a relevant discipline (e.g. epidemiology, public health, mental health sciences, etc). 

2.      Evidence of publication of research in peer-reviewed journals 

3.      Evidence of prizes, awards, or distinctions in academic work. 

4.     Experience of working in a public health related field. 

5.      Experience of working in a mental health related field.  

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.

This role does 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 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.

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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