Research Fellow in Psychology Ref 1535

School: School of Psychology
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 1 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need).
Contract: Fixed term, from start date until 31st July 2021
Reference: 1535
Placed on: 17 June 2019
Salary: starting at £33,199 rising to £39,609 per annum.
Closing date: 22 July 2019  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Interview date: 30 July 2019, including a presentation entitled 'plans and processes to ensure fidelity to the intervention and robust data collection across each site'

Job description

Applications are invited for a Post-doctoral Research Fellow and trial manager 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 pilot study, EYE-2 will be the first study to investigate the effectiveness/cost-effectiveness of a novel motivational engagement intervention, in Early Intervention in Psychosis services. The RCT will evaluate impacts on engagement, mental health and recovery in 950 young people with first episode psychosis. A large-scale process evaluation will investigate engagement models and framework for implementation.

The postholder will lead on co-ordinating the project. There will be opportunities to develop supervision and training skills with research assistants, MSc and PhD students; to write and publish high impact papers and contribute to all project publications, impact and dissemination activities; to undertake career development activities; to shadow NHS psychosis services;  to attend/present at SPRiG ( and research events/conferences .

The postholder will be supervised by Prof 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. The team as a whole incorporates international experts in psychology, psychiatry, PPI, research methods, clinical trials, implementation science, health economics and cultural awareness. There will be some travel to central study meetings (London) and to other sites for training and monitoring purposes.

Key requirements

Suitable for a post-doctoral psychologist with excellent research experience, communication and presentation skills, enthusiasm, innovation and leadership skills, the ability to organise and motivate others flexibly and confidently through strategic, operational management. Prior experience of research in the NHS, and a Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check are essential. Clinical and/or research experience with psychosis, supervision, or clinical trials are an advantage.

The School of Psychology has close links with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust which also hosts a vibrant and active research community. 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.

The University offers various schemes to provide real benefits to parents, these can be found at Family Friendly Policies

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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.

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