Research Fellow in Psychology Ref 3290

School: School of Psychology
Hours: Full time
Contract: Fixed term, from start date until 31st July 2021
Reference: 3290
Placed on: 26 July 2018
Salary: starting at £32,548 rising to 34,520 per annum, depending on research experience
Closing date: 13 September 2018 .  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.

Job description

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Trial Manager/Research Fellow on the Early Youth Engagement (EYE-2) project, within the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex. The EYE-2 study is a large multi-site pragmatic Randomised Controlled Trial, funded by a grant from the National Institute for Health Research, HS&DR programme.

Drawing on a successful RfPB funded feasibility pilot study, EYE-2 will be the first study to investigate the effectiveness/cost-effectiveness of a motivational engagement intervention, in Early Intervention in Psychosis (EIP) services, to improve engagement and other outcomes in young people with first episode psychosis.

Additional objectives include development of the implementation toolkit (manuals, checklists, booklets, website & training, working with a digital design company) and completion of a large-scale process evaluation to test a theoretical framework for implementation.

The project team are international leaders in their fields. The postholder will be supervised by Professor Kathryn Greenwood (Chief Investigator), and will work closely with the trial and data managers in the Brighton and Sussex Clinical Trials Unit and the broader study team:

Professor Fowler, Dr de-Visser and Dr Bremner (Sussex) Professor Garety/Dr Peters (London), Professor French (Manchester), Professor Lennox/Dr Johns (Oxford), Dr Hodgekins/Dr Painter (Cambridge-Norfolk) and Dr Rathod (Hampshire). The team as a whole incorporates experts in psychology, psychiatry, qualitative and quantitative statistics (Dr Hooper and Bremner), clinical trials, implementation science (Prof May), health economics (Dr Healey) and cultural awareness (Dr Rathod and Phiri).

There will be some travel to central study meetings (London) and to other sites for training and monitoring purposes.

Key requirements

The successful candidate will be a post-doctoral psychologist, with significant research experience and knowledge of research ethics, excellent communication and presentation skills, flair, enthusiasm, innovation and leadership when faced with challenges and the ability to organise and motivate others flexibly, and confidently across multidisciplinary teams.

They will have a leading role in planning, co-ordinating and completing the project and will provide strategic, tactical and operational management skills.

Prior experience of research in the NHS is essential. Clinical and/or research experience with psychosis, supervision and clinical trials experience is an advantage. In addition, to trial management responsibilities, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to lead on writing papers, and to develop their own clinical and academic interests and skills, within the scope of the project.

They will supervise graduate research assistants and may provide guidance to postgraduate students.

The School of Psychology has close links with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which also hosts a vibrant and active research community. There will be opportunities to lead on and contribute to high impact research papers, conference presentations, national team meetings, career development activities and to take a lead role in the Sussex Psychosis Research interest Group ( @SPRIGsussex) which leads and hosts several research studies and  SPRiG seminars throughout the year.

For more information, please email Prof Kathy Greenwood (Professor in Clinical Psychology) (

Please include with your completed application form a CV, cover letter, the contact details of three referees and publications list.

The School is committed to equality and valuing diversity, and currently holds an Athena SWAN Bronze Award.  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.

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Download job description and person specification Ref 3290 [PDF 162.59KB].

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.

Please include with your completed application form a CV, cover letter, the contact details of three referees and a list of relevant publications.

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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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