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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 17th Dec 2021
  • Salary: £31,406.00 - £33,309.00 (with progression to£40,927.00per annum
  • REF: 15122
  • Closes: 16th January 2022
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.

Salary: £31,406.00 – £33,309.00 (with progression to£40,927.00per annum

Closing Date: 16 January 2022

The Role

This is an exciting opportunity for a Research Associate to join the School of Psychology and deliver cutting-edge research in student mental health. Funded by a UKRI programme grant, the work will develop and evalute new interventions for students (http://www.exeter.ac.uk/news/homepage/title_864996_en.html). Specifically, implementing and evaluating a digitally-enhanced high intensity cognitive behavioural intervention in our unique, University-run, cognitive behavioural therapy service (https://www.ncl.ac.uk/psychology/about/pttrc/). The post also involves evaluating the introduction of mental health literacy training for undergraduates, including recruitment, retention and data preparation, the preparation and delivery of longitudinal surveys and digital tools in young people, and associated research into young people’s mental health.

This full-time funded post is available on a fixed term basis until August 2025. Especially suited if you havean applied clinical background or interest, joining this ambitious project that spans 6 British universities, is a fantastic opportunity to develop your research skills and academic networks to assist you on the next step in your career.

Please direct informal enquiries to Dr Lucy Robinson (Lecturer in Clinical Psychology) via email: – Lucy.Robinson2@newcastle.ac.uk

Further information on the School of Psychology can be found athttps://www.ncl.ac.uk/psychology/

Key Accountabilities

  • Working under the general guidance of the study’s Investigator at Newcastle University (Dr Lucy Robinson), you will help design and deliver studies in the work package focused on digitally-supported high intensity CBT;
  • This will involve activities such as: completing research ethics applications, developing and adapting digital tools for use by young people (including organizing and leading initiatives to gather stakeholder views from students, researchers and practitioners), research project design and implementation, collection and analysis of data, write up and dissemination;
  • Present research findings, either at conferences or through publications in reputable outlets appropriate to the discipline;
  • Participate in the programme steering group and other network activities;
  • Develop funding applications in the field of wellbeing and mental health.

The Person (Essential)

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Experience of and detailed subject knowledge in the area of research (applied mental health, student wellbeing, young people’s mental health) or of research with clear transferable skills to this research area;
  • High level of proficiency in data collection and analysis, especially in the use of packages such as R, Matlab, or SPSS;
  • Experience of patient and public involvement in research design and conduct (desirable);
  • Experience of completing research ethics applications, data management plans and data sharing agreements;
  • Excellent awareness of the ethical and governance issues involved in research.

Attributes and Behaviour

  • High level of analytical and problem-solving ability;
  • Excellent verbal communication skills, able to adjust communication appropriately to the target audience;
  • High standard of written communication in both formal academic writing and less formal platforms (e.g. social media, website content);
  • Capable of working well in a team (i.e. community-minded, respectful and kind to colleagues, able to contribute considerately to team discussions);
  • Highly-organised and efficient.

Qualifications (Essential)

  • A PhD or the equivalent in professional qualifications and experience in the research area (applied mental health, student wellbeing, young people’s mental health);
  • Presentations at conferences and/or high quality publications.

Newcastle University is committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society. We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.

The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

We understand how important the full employment package is to our colleagues at Newcastle University and we are committed to providing a great range of benefits and discounts for all. You can learn more about what is available here on ourBenefitsWebsite page.

Requisition ID: 15122

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