Research Fellow Ref 3046

School/department:  School of Psychology
Hours: full time or part time hours considered up to a maximum of 0.8 FTE. Requests for flexible working options will be considered (subject to business need). 
Contract:  Fixed-term 27 months
Reference: 3046
Placed on: 2 January 2020
Salary range: starting at £33,797 and rising to £40,322 per annum, pro rata
Closing date for applications: 23 January 2019Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: week beginning 3 February 2020
Expected start date: 17 February 2020

Job description

A .8 FTE Research Fellow is needed for a new Public Health Research project funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Titled ‘STrAWB: Shared Training and Assessment of Well-Being for looked-after children’, this project is the feasibility study for a potential trial of an intervention designed to support the mental health and well-being of looked-after children.  The intervention involves bringing together designated teachers in schools with foster carers to receive training and bespoke feedback from assessments of the mental health and well-being of children in foster care.

The project is led by Dr Nikki Luke (Rees Centre, University of Oxford) and Professor Robin Banerjee (School of Psychology, University of Sussex).  The post will involve working collaboratively to implement the shared training and assessment approach with relevant staff in the local authorities and schools involved, along with the foster carers of the children selected for participation.  All children will be aged between approximately 8 and 11 years old, and a combination of quantitative and qualitative data will be collected, both to understand the psychological profiles and needs of the participating children and to evaluate the feasibility of a large-scale RCT of the intervention.

In particular, 35 looked-after children, and their foster carers and designated teachers, will receive the STrAWB intervention, and 35 will receive care as usual. We will use mixed methods (post-training and service use surveys, interviews with participants and stakeholders, documentary evidence, activity monitoring sheets, and case studies) to assess acceptability of randomisation and the intervention, recruitment and retention rates, intervention fidelity, and data completion rates. We will also test two multi-informant measures of mental health to assess which is more comprehensible, developmentally appropriate, and useful for measuring impact in this population. The Research Fellow at the University of Sussex would be expected to work closely with another Research Fellow working on this project who is based at University of Oxford.

The University of Sussex is a leading teaching and research institution and is ranked within the top 20 in the UK and the top 150 in the world. The School of Psychology at the University of Sussex is one of the largest centres for the study of psychology in the UK with considerable strengths in both research and teaching. The School was rated 10th in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework and receives excellent student ratings for its undergraduate and postgraduate teaching. The School offers a highly rated undergraduate degree course, a suite of PGT courses and has a substantial group of doctoral students, supported in part by an ESRC Doctoral Training Centre. The Foundation Year provision at Sussex is very highly regarded, having been awarded a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence in 2019. Detailed information about the School is available at

For further details or informal discussion about this position, please do not hesitate to contact the project lead at the University of Sussex, Prof Robin Banerjee, email:

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