Research Fellow in Mental Health and Wellbeing Ref 3603

Schools/departments: School of Life Sciences & School of Psychology 
Hours: part time hours considered up to a maximum of 0.6 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed Term, Until 30 November 2021
Reference: 3603
Salary: starting at £33,797 to £40,322 per annum, pro rata if part time
Placed on: 25 March 2020 
Closing date:  07 April 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected start date: ASAP

Job description

The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming in the top 10 in the REF 2014.

We are seeking to appoint a postdoctoral research fellow to work on the Office for Students (OfS) SITUATE (Students In Transition at University: Aiming TEnhance mental and social health and wellbeing) project. This project is focused on understanding the mental health and well-being of students, and is funded through the OfS Challenge Competition: Achieving a step change in mental health outcomes for all students.

The SITUATE project is specifically aimed at students undergoing a transition within their educational journey. The project is particularly concerned with the transition from further education (pre-university) to higher education (university), and the transitions between years whilst students are in higher education. The project incorporates research into the causes of student difficulties associated within transitions in education, including the impact of transitions upon students’ social networks.

The project also aims to produce several interventions that help students to deal with educational transitions. The main intervention is a peer-to-peer psycho-education programme that will incorporate the project’s major research findings. This intervention will be developed in conjunction with the Mental Health Foundation (MHF), the UK’s oldest mental health charity.

The post holder will be supervised by Dr Jeremy Niven (Project Lead, School of Life Sciences), and will work closely with other members of the research team including Prof. Robin Banerjee, Dr Clio Berry and Dr Matt Easterbrook at the School of Psychology. The post holder will also work closely with the project coordinator and professional services staff at the University of Sussex, and with our network of partner organisations, which include the MHF and sixth form colleges in the local vicinity of the University of Sussex. The post will involve local travel to these sixth form college and to other sites for training and monitoring purposes.

Key requirements

This post is suitable for someone who has completed a PhD/DPhil in psychology. Previous experience of working on child or adult mental health and/or in implementing interventions would be a distinct advantage. The candidate should be able to demonstrate that they have excellent communication and presentation skills, enthusiasm for the project, experience of quantitative analysis, and the ability to organise and motivate others flexibly/confidently whilst working within an academic team setting.

For more information, please email Dr Jeremy Niven (

Please include with your completed application form a CV, cover letter indicating both motivations and aspirations, and the contact details of two referees.

The School of Life Sciences is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Silver Award. 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. The School of Life Sciences welcomes applications to academic posts from candidates who wish to work part-time or as job-sharers.

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

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