Research Fellow (INTREPID Project Coordinator) – INTERNAL ONLY

King's College London

Job id: 076505. Salary: £51,174 – £60,221 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Posted: 11 October 2023. Closing date: 16 October 2023.

Business unit: IoPPN. Department: Health Services & Population Research.

Contact details:Craig Morgan. [email protected]

Location: Denmark Hill Campus. Category: Research.

THIS VACANCY IS OPEN TO INTERNAL APPLICANTS ONLY

Job description

Applications are invited from highly motivated candidates for a position of Postdoctoral Research Fellow to work on an international research project on psychosis, titled INTREPID III, led by Professor Craig Morgan.

About the Project

INTREPID III is a 5-year international research programme funded by the MRC. The ultimate and ambitious goal of the programme is to transform our knowledge of and responses to psychotic disorders globally by: (1) delivering novel research programmes on medium-term course and outcomes, homeless populations, and putative mechanisms of risk and relapse, (2) establishing a global study catalogue and data sharing platform, and (3) implementing a structured set of activities in each setting to ensure findings inform the development, and ultimately testing, of

bespoke interventions.

About the Role

The postholder will be based in the co-ordinating centre (Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London) and will be responsible for a) overall co-ordination of the INTREPID III programme, b) leadership of designated INTREPID III work packages, c) developing research ideas and grant proposals to secure additional funding to expand the programme, and d) analysing material and data generated by the INTREPID III programme. Travel to each site in each of the partner countries will be required.

The post holder will have experience of coordinating large-scale multi-country mental health research programmes including sites in low-resource settings, excellent knowledge of quantitative and/or qualitative research methods, and excellent knowledge of the social determinants of health. They will have experience of working with people with mental health problems, strong organisational skills, and a proven ability to work in diverse teams and liaise with other professionals and academics across cultures. They will also have experience of developing grant proposals and funding applications, and of supervising students.

Career Development

We will support you in developing your academic career, including through fellowship applications and other applications to external research funders, exploring collaborations with others, opportunities to supervise students, and research and wider professional skills development through local Early Career Researcher Networks and the College’s wider training programme.

This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract for 2 years.

Key responsibilities

Working closely with Lead Investigators, you will have a key role in the successful conduct and completion of the INTREPID III research programme. Your primary duties will be: 

Overall coordination of the programme

  • To support and liaise closely with each site to facilitate the successful conduct of the research and to ensure effective collaborative relationships between sites. 
  • To lead designated work packages of the programme. 
  • To analyse data from the programme and disseminate findings through both academic publications and non-academic dissemination routes. 
  • To ensure the involvement of people with lived experience at all stages of the programme and support capacity building activities. 
  • To support the development of a Global Catalogue and Pooled Data Resource. 
  • To collate monthly progress reports from each site. 
  • To coordinate monthly teleconferences between sites. 
  • To monitor progress and ensure quality in the collection of quantitative and qualitative data. 
  • To manage and update the programme website and annual newsletter. 
  • To contribute to the project’s public engagement and impact/research uptake activities. 

Communication & Networking

  • Communicating openly and efficiently with the Lead Investigators and collaborators; attending weekly supervision meetings; communicating on a regular basis with each site; organising regular progress

Decision Making, Planning & Problem Solving

  • To demonstrate initiative and autonomy in the day-to-day handling of relationships with all individuals involved in the study; to ensure that the project activities are delivered on time and is properly documented. 

Service Delivery

  • To contribute to the appropriate management of information with full awareness of needs for confidentiality and data protection, demonstrating clear attention to detail and an organised approach to recording, storing and managing the data acquired. 

Teamwork, Teaching & Learning Support

  • To work effectively with the academic research team 
  • To work effectively with the local site teams 
  • To work effectively with related projects 
  • To contribute to the supervision of students linked to the programme 
  • Other relevant activities as directed by Professor Craig Morgan 

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.       PhD in global mental health or a related discipline  

2.       Experience of coordinating large-scale international mental health research programmes  

3.       Experience of collaborating with people with lived experience in mental health research 

4.       Experience of working in low- and middle-income countries  

5.       The ability to work collaboratively with people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures 

6.       Awareness of the specific practical and ethical issues involved in studies of people with mental health problems 

7.       Excellent project management skills  

8.       Experience of managing databases using REDCap software or similar 

9.       Experience in presenting and disseminating research findings 

10.   Ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with diverse groups 

11.   Excellent organisation, time-management and communications skills  

12.   A proven track record of the ability to publish academic articles in the field of global mental health 

13.   Excellent knowledge of social determinants of health 

14.   Experience of delivering high quality public engagement activities 

15.   Experience of supervision of researchers or/and students 

16.   Experience of developing research grant proposals 

Desirable criteria

1.       Proven track record of securing research funding through competitive grant schemes 

2.       Training or experience in Experience Sampling Methods 

3.       Experience of leading participatory research projects 

4.       Training or experience in intervention development 

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