Research Associate

Basic & Clinical Neuroscience

London, Denmark Hill Campus


  • Posted on: 11th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £38,304, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 016044
  • Closes: 11th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job Description

This fixed-term post presents an exciting opportunity to work in an internationally-prominent multidisciplinary epilepsy research team. The postholder will play a central role in both acquiring and analysing data for a major research project that will assess the mental health needs and outcomes of young people with epilepsy that could transform our understanding of mental health in epilepsy.

The present research will build on work developed under IMPARTS (Integrating Mental & Physical healthcare: Research, Training & Services), an e-tablet based screening tool for mental health problems occurring in people with physical health disorders, designed to be used while patients wait to be seen in the outpatient clinic. IMPARTS has been developed by researchers at the South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust and Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, and is a core component of King’s Health Partners’ ‘Mind and Body’ Programme.

Under the supervision of the Co-Investigators Professors Mark Richardson and Deb Pal, the postholder will be primarily responsible for developing and delivering the research protocol, which will adopt the IMPARTS approach already implemented in other “physical health” clinics in King’s College Hospital, and will apply the tool to young people and adults with epilepsy attending clinical services provided by the NHS Foundation trusts within King’s Health Partners (King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Guy’s & St Thomas’s NHS Foundation Trust, South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

As part of the project’s overall focus, the postholder will be expected to work with young people and adults with epilepsy and their carers to test feasibility and acceptability of the tool with the aim to co-develop a bespoke IMPARTS tool to be piloted in this patient group. The postholder will play a vital role in the collection, analysis and interpretation of the data and will be required to first undertake a systematic review of interventions for mental health in young people with epilepsy.

This post will be offered on an a fixed-term contract for 33 months.

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

Key responsibilities

  • To become familiar with the project aims and objectives, and KCL’s contractual obligations to the project.
  • To contribute to the project on a day-to-day basis, including preparing documentation, securing ethics approval, ensuring compliance with research governance requirements
  • Engage with existing PPI engagement activities in the IMPARTS team, adult epilepsy clinics and paediatric epilepsy clinics, to develop service user focus groups
  • Work closely with people with epilepsy and their carers to ensure the meaningful involvement of them in the development, implementation and delivery of the research project
  • Recruit young people and adults with epilepsy and their carers to take part in the research
  • Engage with clinical epilepsy teams across KHP to encourage participation and collaboration
  • Pilot IMPARTS tool for young people with epilepsy in outpatient epilepsy clinics
  • To database and conduct statistical analysis of resulting data
  • Conduct appropriate literature searches as required for the project
  • Undertake literature reviews and write up manuscripts for publication
  • Participate in lab meetings with other members of the team to help promote a cohesive approach to project milestones
  • To participate in regular meetings with line manager and co-Investigators, Professors Mark Richardson and Deb Pal.
  • To participate in teleconferences and meetings with research partners
  • Travel to partner institutions for collaborative meetings and conferences as necessary
  • To provide ad hoc support to PhD students and junior researchers working in the team
  • Develop and undertake research of high quality consistent with making a full active research contribution in line with departmental research strategy.
  • To flexibly undertake other work related to these and related projects as required.
  • Any other duties appropriate to the grade as directed by the grant holder.

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

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant subject (health services research, sociology, psychology, public health) or evidence of equivalent outputs
  • Master’s degree or equivalent
  • PhD or equivalent
  • IT – proficient in word processing, databases & email
  • Familiarity with appraising outcome measures
  • Proficiency in carrying out systematic reviews
  • Experience of undertaking health services research involving surveys, qualitative and/or quantitative research.
  • Experience of presenting research findings to a variety of audiences
  • Excellent record of research publications in peer-reviewed journals
  • Good organisational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Ability to use initiative and motivate others
  • Able to seek and make use of supervision and work to deadlines
  • Able to travel nationally
  • Awareness of Data Protection, Research & Clinical Governance guidelines and Ethical requirements.
  • Familiarity with national systems such as the National Research Ethics Service (NRES)

Desirable** Criteria **

  • Experience of the research environment in a UK higher education setting
  • Knowledge of public and patient involvement in research
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Excellent team working skills
  • Ability to use initiative and motivate others
  • Able to seek and make use of supervision and work to deadlines
  • Able to travel nationally
  • Experience of teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students

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