Research Associate- School of Psychology - 100698 - Grade 6

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom
£28,762 - £35,333
Closing date
Dec 2, 2022

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Position Details

School of Psychology

Location: University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK

Full time starting salary is normally in the range £28,762 to £31,411 with potential progression once in post to £35,333

Grade 6

Part Time - 0.65 FTE

Fixed Term contract up to December 2024

Closing date: 4th December 2022

This role is also open as an internal secondment opportunity which would need to be agreed by your current line manager


To create and contribute to the creation of knowledge by undertaking a specified range of activities within an established research programme and/or specific research project.

The post holder will join the Mood Disorders Lab at the Institute for Mental Health, University of Birmingham led by Professor Steven Marwaha. The post holder will have a leading role in carrying out an exciting new randomised controlled trial of a psychological therapy for people with bipolar disorders. This will primarily involve recruiting participants, conducting clinical and cognitive assessments, managing data and there may also be an opportunity for delivering the therapeutic intervention.
The post holder will work with the rest of the trial team, which comprises of Professor Steven Marwaha, Dr Elizabeth Newton, Clinical Psychologist Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, Professor Allan Young (Chief Investigator), trial manager and researchers at Kings College London and colleagues at the University of Oxford.

The Cognitive Remediation in Bipolar efficacy RCT (CRiB2) will determine whether CRT is efficacious in an adequately powered sample (N=200) of people with BD. Further information about the study can be found here:

The post holder must have excellent inter-personal skills and be able to support a multi-disciplinary (clinical or non-clinical) research team to ensure research is set up, participants are recruited and followed-up, and the research is delivered and conducted to a high standard.

This post is ideal for a researcher with experience of clinical research including randomised controlled trials and / or mood disorders research. Experience of interacting with NHS services is important.

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

Main Duties
  • Identifying, screening, recruiting, and assessing research participants in the Cognitive Remediation in Bipolar-2 study
  • Data collection and management in accordance with data protection guidelines and relevant study SOP's
  • Undertaking the necessary administrative and organizational duties in accordance with trial protocols (including, but not limited to, interaction with research participants and efficiently scheduling appointments, collaborative working with other researchers in the team, ensuring accurate and consistent record keeping).
  • To work closely with the CRIB2 therapist and clinical colleagues at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, and the wide research team at KCL and the University of Oxford
  • To ensure the successful conduct and completion of the trial in compliance with Good Clinical Practice and working to the trial's targets.
  • Assurance that personal and confidential information is restricted to those entitled to know
  • Contribute to the preparation and publication of data, reports and information, ensuring that these meet legislative, contractual and ethical requirements
  • To contribute, as required, to other activities internal or external to this research study. These activities will be appropriate to the grade as directed by Professor Steven Marwaha.
  • To organise meetings as and when necessary and administer them.
  • To ensure any study amendments are actioned swiftly and clearly documented.
  • To keep records of adverse and serious adverse event reporting.
  • The post-holder is expected to develop an overview of research within the specified area, including keeping abreast of relevant local and national policy developments and clinical guidelines, to both inform the study and assist in obtaining funding for future related projects.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post

Person Specification

Essential criteria

• Good first degree in a relevant subject
• Evidence of continued professional / educational development
• Experience of recruiting and interviewing research participants
• Experience of working in a multidisciplinary team and motivating others
• Experience of working independently, using initiative, and seeking input where appropriate
• Excellent written and spoken communication skills
• Knowledge of ethics and research governance procedures
• High level of organisational skills, problem solving and planning
• Self-motivated, with a robust work ethic

Desirable criteria
• Post-graduate degree in a relevant subject
• Good Clinical Practice training
• Experience of data analysis using statistical software
• Experience of report / paper writing
• Clinical trials or clinical research experience conducted adhering to Good Clinical Practice, Research Governance and Data Protection legal framework
• Demonstrate flair, enthusiasm, innovation, and leadership when faced with challenges
• Ability to work independently with moderate direct supervision

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 research team as appropriate on the most appropriate way of undertaking the specified research activities
• Attend, contribute and at times lead subject group meetings
• Deal with problems that may affect the achievement of research objectives and deadlines

Internal and 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

DBS required

The University is committed to safeguarding and we promote safe recruitment practice, therefore all associated pre-employment checks will be undertaken before any appointment is confirmed. Due to the nature of the work undertaken in this role all successful applicants will be subject to a satisfactory DBS clearance prior to appointment.

Informal enquires to Steven Marwaha, email:

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