Research Assistant Ref 9299

School/department: School of Psychology
Hours: Full time considered up to a maximum of 36.5 hours per week.
Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 12 months
Reference: 9299
Salary: starting at £31,411 to £35,333 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 01 August 2022
Closing date: 16 August 2022. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected Interview date: To be confirmed
Expected start date: 1st October 2022.

Job description

This post holder will join an exciting project team which brings together experts from Psychology, Cardiology, Engineering, and Computer Science, across the UK’s leading universities and clinical research centers. This project is led by Professor Tim Chico at the University of Sheffield, and the post-holder will be based at the University of Sussex, Brighton.

Funded by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, the “Digital Health: A Digital Twin to improve holistic community-based diagnosis of heart disease” project aims to design a Digital Twin harnessing data from mobile technologies (via smartphones and wearable devices) to improve the diagnosis of heart disease and learn how to communicate the data back to both patient and clinician to inform health decision-making.

Central to this project is the understanding of the intricate link between mental and physical health and learning how to incorporate mental health measurements into heart disease diagnosis and management.

The post-holder will be responsible for coordinating the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) element of the research project. This will include:

  • conducting systematic reviews of the literature;
  • developing interview schedules and
  • applying for ethical approval for research activities;
  • conducting focus groups with people with lived experience of heart disease and clinicians involved in their care;
  • analysis of interview data;
  • dissemination of findings to key stake-holders;
  • supporting recruitment across the project activities;
  • liaising with established PPI group
  • working with the research team to ensure that the voice of those with lived experience of heart disease are at the heart of the project. 

Please contact Dr Faith Matcham, for informal enquiries. 

The University is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and applications are particularly welcomed from women and black and minority ethnic candidates, who are under-represented in academic posts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine and Mathematics (STEMM) at Sussex. 

Please note that this position may be subject to ATAS clearance if you require visa sponsorship.

The University of Sussex values the diversity of its staff and students and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

You can find out more about our values and our EDI Strategy,  Inclusive Sussex, on our webpages.

Download the full job description and person specification (reference number 9299) (PDF 227KB)

The University requires that work undertaken for the University is performed from the UK. 

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How to apply

Download our academic application form [DOC 199.50KB] and Personal Details and Equal Opportunities Form [DOC 119.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to

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You can also send your application by post to Human Resources Division, Sussex House, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH.

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