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Research Assistant

Psychological Medicine

London, Denmark Hill

Overview

  • Posted on: 06th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £34,906-£37,804 , including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 037927
  • Closes: 19th December 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

This is an exciting opportunity for an early career researcher to join a rapid one-year project to support the development of a KCL Institute for Public Mental Health.

You will work closely with the core team and a facilitation company to successfully convene and facilitate remote and in-person workshops and meetings towards developing an understanding of ‘what works’ at population level, for the primary prevention, treatment and management of mental health morbidity over the life course. In addition, you will lead systematic/ scoping reviews of the evidence and consultation exercises. Indicative workshop theme areas may include: life transitions and prevention, inequalities, public and community involvement, engagement and participation, and data and technology, with at least one workshop utilising modified Delphi or other processes to identify priorities.

You will also oversee the establishment of networking and seed-funding events which will encourage pilot/ collaborative projects across KCL, with a focus in supporting early career researcher development. You will liaise and work closely with our international partners (in Australia and USA). This may involve leading work to map international datasets and areas for potential collaboration. Over the course of the year, you will be supported to draft a review summarising the scoping exercises as well as a ‘think-piece’ or report for peer-reviewed publication which will highlight key themes and areas for further development. If appropriate, you may also be encouraged to lead or contribute to a quantitative data analysis, arising through collaborations. You will be highly organised with good communication skills and will be comfortable working with people across disciplines. You should be able to manage deadlines and work relatively independently. It is essential that you have an interest in mental health, preferably at a population level. A previous experience of working in public health and other population health disciplines is desirable but not essential. Ideally you will have some understanding of the theme areas for the workshops outlined above, although this is not essential. You should have excellent skills in written English and you will be encouraged to lead the drafting of reports, blogs and academic papers as part of this role. You should be prepared to deliver short presentations to our stakeholders. You will have experience of conducting systematic or scoping reviews and any relevant or related methodologies, Experience of quantitative data analysis is desirable but not essential. Facilitation skills and experience of Delphi processes are desirable but not essential. You may have previously published academic articles in peer-reviewed journals, however this is not essential.

We anticipate that the role will initially involve remote working but may transition to hybrid working /in-person meetings; you should be prepared to commute and work from KCL Denmark Hill campus if required.

Please contact Dr Jayati Das-Munshi jayati.das-munshi@kcl.ac.uk, if you have questions.

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 1 year/ 12 months

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

Key responsibilities

• Ensure timelines for project and delivery of key milestones

• Lead scoping of interventions in public mental health (through rapid systematic reviews, ‘review of reviews’ etc)

• Produce outputs (slide decks, presentations, reports and peer reviewed publications relevant to reviews) as relevant to stage of project

• Support processes to establish consensus amongst stakeholders to identify priority areas relevant to public mental health; this may involve convening meetings, supporting a modified Delphi process or other similar mechanisms to reach consensus/ identify priority areas

• Lead establishment of a seed funding scheme with a focus on ECR development, to enhance collaborations across the partnership

• Work closely with the administrator and facilitation company to set up and successfully deliver four workshops with academic (KCL), external (non-academic) and international partners, over the course of the project

• Produce brief summaries of workshops and key meetings to inform discussions amongst the core team and collaborators

• Support the core research team with the day-to-day administration of the project (e.g. organising meetings, note taking, circulating agendas, managing budgets etc)

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. MSc (or evidence of equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline, for example, including public health, epidemiology, health policy, mental health sciences or population health

2. Experience in conducting scoping or systematic reviews

3. Evidence of project management and strong administrative and time-keeping skills

4. Able to write clearly and at the appropriate level for a range of audiences across disciplines (this may include academic/ research community, policy makers, as well as lay public)

5. Able to present findings in a clear and accessible manner over a variety of media, including remote/ online presentations

6. Knowledge or experience of mental health research which may include quantitative/ qualitative/ mixed methods approaches and patient and public involvement in research

7. Interest/ experience of mental health research/ public mental health

Desirable criteria

1. Demonstrable evidence of previous leadership in academic/ research project management, evidenced through published peer reviewed manuscripts, reports or other project outputs

2. Experience of processes to establish priorities (for example modified Delphi consensus processes, decision conferencing, surveys of stakeholders)

3. Experience of public health, or other population-level approaches to mental health

4. Previous experience of setting up workshops (remote or in-person), and/ or networking sessions

5. An interest in early career researcher development.

6. Knowledge of quantitative analytic methods, including use of large-scale datasets for research

Further information

Applicants must be flexible in terms of working arrangements, which will include remote working but may include working on location at the King’s College London, (IoPPN) Denmark Hill campus, if needed and if restrictions are lifted. Applicants must be based in the UK.

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