Research Fellow - School of Psychology

United Kingdom
£30,942 - £42,792
Dec 29, 2020
Jan 28, 2021
Organization Type
University and College
Part Time
Research Fellow, Institute for Mental Health, School of Psychology

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Part Time 0.75 FTE/FTC for 12 Months

Grade 7

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £30,942 and £40,322 with potential progression once in post to £42,792

The successful candidate will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Closing Date: 9th October 2020

The Midlands Engine Mental Health Productivity Pilot (MHPP) is a three-year government funded innovative programme aiming to address the impact of mental health problems on the workplace and productivity. Coventry University, Warwick University and the West Midlands Combined

Authority are leading the programme. The pilot brings together an impressive partnership of 20 organisations from across the Midlands, including businesses, local authorities, public health bodies, key charities, NHS Midlands, Midlands Innovation Universities and the West Midlands Combined Authority.

The University of Birmingham (UoB) is a key partner in delivering a number of the work packages in this multi-layered and complex programme. In summary UoB will be involved in the assessment of employer and employee mental health needs in businesses across the Midlands, reviewing what mental health interventions businesses currently utilise, early detection and action on mental health problems, helping keep people currently receiving treatment at work, and supporting people to return to work. The research will develop and test new interventions: a] for workers with subthreshold mental health problems (targeting sleep and mood problems); b] workers with mental health diagnoses to continue to work; c] workers with mental health problems to return to work.

Post-doc researchers are required for the study and will work within the Institute for Mental Health at the University of Birmingham under the supervision of Professor S Marwaha (Birmingham Principal Investigator)

The post holders will be responsible for helping to develop the interventions, protocol development of randomized control trials or pilot studies, obtaining ethics and other regulatory approvals, developing and helping deliver an intervention training package, participant recruitment, refining data collection tools and processes, and facilitating data collection, data entry and data management, statistical analysis. The post holders will also be responsible for process evaluation including qualitative interviews and analysis. The post-holder will write up the studies for dissemination working with the PI and wider team.

This post is ideal for a researcher with experience of medical research including randomised controlled trials, mood disorders research and within the employment arena. The post holder will join a multi-disciplinary research team consisting of lead investigators including psychiatry, psychology, NHS care providers, health economists and business representatives.

Scope of role
  • Work within specified research grants and/or projects
  • Operate within area of specialism
  • Contribute to publications

Main Duties
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with all members of the research team and relevant external contacts including the Principle Investigators, the Study Programme Manager, and wider team including the West Midlands Combined Authority and Businesses and colleagues from the NHS and charitable sector
  • Provide regular study updates to the Principle Investigator and other key members of the research team and internal/external parties. In particular to ensure that the programme manager has updates of activity so that reports can be filed with the funder quarterly.
  • Demonstrate good communication skills throughout the research process to assess eligibility and provide on-going advice and information to participants with regard to their participation in research in order to facilitate effective informed consent
  • Develop protocols for testing the effectiveness of interventions either in pilot or full trial form
  • With the help of others to lead the development of training packages for employers, employees and specialist employment workers and to deliver these to each of the groups
  • To conduct rapid literature reviews in order to ensure interventions are evidence based.
  • To be able to engage and work with senior business colleagues to ensure research is seen as feasible, relevant and important
  • Plan and arrange employers / employees / participant appointments/visits and take consent in accordance with individual study requirements
  • Plan, manage and facilitate quantitative and qualitative data collection methods including electronic/paper based data capture, study participant focus groups and/or telephone and/or face to face participant interviews as required in accordance with a study protocol
  • Refine and pilot data collection tools and processes
  • Be responsible for data entry, data management and data cleaning of quantitative and qualitative data
  • Undertake the coding of qualitative data and conduct both quantitative and qualitative data analysis as required
  • Be responsible for maintaining the study site files and study record systems
  • Implement and work within the study protocols and ensure the study is run in accordance with regulatory frameworks
  • Plan, organise and manage own workload activity with prioritisation aligned to the study protocols
  • Meet study deadlines and ensure the study meets local targets regarding recruitment to time and target
  • Manage, organise and attend allocated study research meetings and events as required
  • Be able and willing to travel widely within the midlands region in order to deliver all aspects of the research
  • Be willing and able to participate in other research activity within the mood disorders research

Person Specification
  • Degree or equivalent in relevant healthcare subject area
  • Doctorate in relevant healthcare subject area
  • Working experience in the NHS or Higher education in relevant healthcare subject
  • Understanding of research methodology, both in qualitative and quantitative research paradigms
  • IT literate and competent to a high level
  • Strong understanding of databases and study documentation
  • Knowledge of research specific regulations and guidelines e.g.: Research Governance and Good Clinical Practice
  • Ability to write a good quality protocol
  • Experience of obtaining ethical approval for research
  • Ability to analyse and interpret quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Working independently with moderate direct supervision
  • Strong administrative skills in order to maintain study records
  • Organisational skills including prioritisation, time management and ability to organise own workload
  • Ability to work independently with moderate direct supervision
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills including report and scientific writing skills, together with the ability to persuade and deliver information effectively through presentations
  • Aptitude for learning new skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Ability to meet travel needs of the post, travelling across geographical area
  • Ability to develop and deliver a training programme for the interventions within the study

Planning and Organising
  • Undertake management and administration tasks that are related directly to delivery of research according to agreed specifications, time and quality standards
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Decision Making
  • Decide in consultation with the programme manager and principal investigator as appropriate, on the most appropriate way of undertaking the specified research activities
  • Give guidance, support and advice to other members of team on research related work and decide the most appropriate method of providing this supervision
  • Attend, contribute and at times lead subject group meetings
  • Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Internal/External Relationships
  • Liaise with research staff and support staff on research-related matters
  • Liaise with external collaborators on the research including with partners from the charitable and business sectors
  • Give presentations and/or contribute to presentations at regional, national and/or international conferences
  • Maintain contact with (including membership of) appropriate professional bodies
  • Liaise with the relevant external research community via seminars and conferences

For further information please contact Professor Steven Marwaha, or telephone 0121 414 3665.

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