Research Fellow Ref 3328

School/department: School of Psychology
Hours: full time 
Contract: Fixed Term, from 01 June 2020 until 15 January 2021 (possible extension if Maternity leave extended)
Reference: 3328
Salary: starting at £33,797 and rising to £40,322 per annum
Placed on: 17 February 2020 
Closing date:  31 March 2020.  Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date.
Expected interview date: TBC
Expected start date: 01 June 2020

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 feasibility 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 (EIP) services. The RCT will evaluate impacts on engagement, mental health and recovery in 950 young people with first episode psychosis. A linked large-scale process evaluation will investigate models of engagement and a framework for implementation.

There will be opportunities to develop supervision and training skills, to write and publish papers, to contribute to all project publications, impact and dissemination activities and to oversee the RCT.

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:

The team as a whole incorporates experts in psychology and psychiatry: Professor Fowler (Sussex) Professor Garety/Dr Peters (London), Professor French (Manchester), Professor Lennox/Dr Johns (Oxford), Dr Hodgekins/Dr Painter (Cambridge-Norfolk) and Dr Rathod (Hampshire), as well as Patient and Public Involvment (Rose Thomson), qualitative and quantitative statistics and clinical trials (Dr deVisser, Hooper and Bremner), implementation science (Prof May), health economics (Dr Healey), 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.

Please note that this post is subject to a Satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

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 co-ordinating and completing the project and will provide strategic 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) (

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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