Research Worker – SOUL-D

Psychological Medicine

London, Denmark Hill Campus


  • Posted on: 05th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £32,676 - £35,366, including London Weighting Allowance
  • REF: 036025
  • Closes: 21st November 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

Job description

This is a full-time, fixed-term (12 months) research assistant post (grade 5) for the NIHR funded SOUth London Diabetes (SOUL-D) Study.

The overall aim of this cohort is to examine the biological, psychological, and social factors associated with worse outcomes following the the onset of newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes. The specific aim of this study is to assess the association between depression at baseline and diabetes outcomes 10 years later. The research assistant will be responsible for conducting study follow-ups, data collection, data management, and will be expected to travel to GP practices in the London boroughs of Lambeth, Southwark, and Lewisham and occasionally the wider London region, across the UK and home visits of some participants if they are not able to attend the surgery.

The post-holder will be based at the Weston Education Centre, Denmark Hill Campus, King’s College London. The post is under the supervision of Prof Khalida Ismail.

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

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

Key responsibilities

  • Visit GP practices to conduct study follow-ups for people with type 2 diabetes from participating practices in Wandsworth, Bexley, Lambeth, Southwark & Lewisham.
  • Contact study participants to complete follow-ups.
  • Administer psychological assessments to study participants, measure and record clinical information (e.g. height, weight, body mass index, blood pressure). Training will be provided for all areas where required.
  • To conduct data cleaning, data management and data analysis for internal and external reports.
  • To present research findings at internal/external meetings.
  • To perform any other duties as may be requested by senior investigator from time to time and commensurate with grade.

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

  • BSc or equivalent in psychology or health related subject
  • Knowledge of study designs used in epidemiology.
  • Ability to manage data using statistical packages and write reports using MS Word.
  • Good all-round IT skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and organisational skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly flexible environment in keeping with changes in workload.
  • Willingness to learn new skills and new software as required.
  • Willingness to travel outside of London to recruit patients from time to time
  • Attention to detail and adhering to standardized operating procedures for research data collection
  • Venepuncture skills or willingness to learn these skills

Desirable criteria

  • MSc or equivalent in health-related subject is highly desirable
  • Experience in conducting scientific research at an undergraduate or postgraduate level
  • Experience of recruiting and conducting research in busy clinical settings

Further information

The post is based within the Department of Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IOPPN)

The Department of Psychological Medicine focuses on the interface between psychiatry and medicine, psychiatry and occupation, psychiatry and the military, and psychiatry in different settings. The disorders of interest are those of the common mental disorders, such as depression, anxiety, perinatal psychiatry, psychological oncology, eating disorders and stress related disorder.

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

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