Post-Doctoral Researcher

Psychological Medicine

London, Denmark Hill Campus


  • Posted on: 05th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £40, 414.00 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 036305
  • Closes: 18th November 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

We are looking for a post-doctoral researcher with an interest in mood disorders to join the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s College London.

The appointee will join one of the world’s leading academic groups working within the Centre for Affective Disorders. Our work is multidisciplinary and focuses on all aspects of mood disorders such as major depression and bipolar disorder, including understanding the causes of these disorders, researching new treatments, trying to personalise existing treatments and improving our methods of assessment and monitoring.

The successful candidate will carry out clinical research, data analysis and the preparation of papers for publication. The appointee will have the opportunity to join projects that are part of the ongoing research programme in the department, and to develop new areas of research.

Previous experience should include first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals, skills in analysing data and participant recruitment for research studies. Ideally, the successful candidate would additionally have some experience of the assessment of patients with mood disorders, knowledge about the field of treatment-resistant depression and experience in preparing research funding applications. Experience of working in clinical trials would be an advantage, but all necessary training for clinical research will be provided.

The person appointed will be able to work well within a team, to be organised and methodical and to work independently, whilst seeking help appropriately when required. They will have excellent written and verbal communication skills. They will have a flexible approach to working arrangements.

This position is available immediately, with the exact start date negotiable.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 12 months, with the possibility of extension depending on funding.

This is a full-time post – 100% full time equivalent

Key responsibilities

• Data Analysis

• Preparing papers for publication

• Coordinating and supporting the delivery of ongoing clinical research projects

• Developing new research ideas

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

Experience of data analysis using statistical software

Experience of report / paper writing

Experience of effective multidisciplinary team working

Experience of managing / running research studies

Experience of recruiting and retaining research participants into studies

Experience of undertaking research assessments in patient groups (such as psychological measures, diagnostic interviewing, standardised scales or clinical assessments)

Experience of managing / co-ordinating clinical trials

Experience in funding and grant applications

Experience in managing a research budget

Essential criteria

• PhD in relevant discipline

• Competence in data analysis

• Experience writing scientific papers for publication

• High level of fluency in spoken and written English

• Be able to conduct individual or collaborative research projects

• Act as a responsible team member, leading projects where agreed

• Experience undertaking psychological, clinical or other research assessments

• Experience of delivering mental health research projects

Desirable criteria

• Experience writing grant applications

• Research experience in affective disorders or another relevant clinical research area

• Strong presentation skills

• Experience of clinical trials

• Experience in managing a research budget

Please note that this is a PhD level role but candidates who have submitted or are about to submit 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.
Further information

Candidates should include a pdf of their doctoral thesis in their application

Interview tasks:

Candidates will be asked to give a brief (approx. 5 minutes) presentation about their previous research and how the advertised job fits with their research interests and career objectives.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

Mood disorders, depression, mental health research, data analysis, clinical trials

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