NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) Starting Well: Children’s Mental Health Research Fellow

School/department: School of Psychology
Hours: Full time or 0.8 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: fixed term for 1 year
Reference: 4752
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata
Placed on: 14 October 2020
Closing date: 28 October 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.


Job description

This vacancy is only open to those currently employed by the University.

We are pleased to invite applications for an initially one-year fixed-term NIHR Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Children’s Mental Health based at the School of Psychology, University of Sussex. The post is funded by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent Surrey Sussex (ARC KSS).  The post offers an excellent opportunity in several aspects of academic life including conducting research in a range of relevant children’s mental health topics, developing collaborations with the academic, clinical and third sector workforce, implementing co-production by working in partnership with children, young people and their families and implementing research into practice.

The post holder will provide direct research support to Professor David Fowler in his work as ARC KSS Starting Well: Children’s Mental Health Theme Lead and support the ARC KSS Starting Well: Children’s Mental Health Implementation Lead alongside key subtheme leads.  The post holder will conduct research in line with the Starting Well: Children’s Mental Health portfolio of research and will gain a full understanding of the research programme and its goals and priorities.

The role is critical to the overall delivery and success of the ongoing ARC KSS Starting Well: Children’s Theme programme of research. The post holder must be highly self-motivated, organised and have considerable interpersonal skills. You need to manage your own time and performance, and that of others, while monitoring the work of the complex network of researchers. You must be strongly proactive, knowledgeable and able to solve complex problems while knowing when to refer a problem up.

The appointed candidate will work in a vibrant children’s mental health research environment joining three other Postdoctoral Dementia Research Fellows and several children’s mental health PhD students. The appointed candidate will be supported to develop appropriate research interest and projects within the Theme and will be encouraged to publish widely and apply for grants both offered by NIHR or other funders.

About the NIHR and ARCs

The NIHR ARC KSS is one of 15 ARCs across England, part of a £135 million investment by the NIHR to improve the health and care of patients and the public. The mission is to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research. Working in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public, the NIHR delivers and enables world-class research that transforms people’s lives, promotes economic growth and advances science. The 15 ARCs work collaboratively to address national research priorities.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor David Fowler (d.fowler@sussex.ac.uk) ARC KSS Starting Well: Children’s Mental Health Lead.

Download job description and person specification Ref 4752 [PDF 237.24KB]

Please note that the University of Sussex is unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position, and thus any applicant should ensure that they have the legal right to work in the UK for the period of the post. The University of Sussex requires all successful applicants to provide proof of permission to work in the UK before they commence work. Should you therefore require further information, please visit the Home Office website.


How to apply

Download our academic post application form [DOC 301.50KB] and personal details and equal opportunities form [DOC 162.50KB] and fill in all sections.

Email your completed application, and personal details and equal opportunities form, to psychologyrecruitment@sussex.ac.uk 

You should attach your application form and all documents to the email (don't use a web-based upload/weblink service) and use the format job reference number / job title / your name in the subject line.

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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