Researcher Associate and Research Assistant – RE-STAR

King's College London

United Kingdom

Full time

Scientific Research

Jun 24

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About the job

Researcher Associate and Research Assistant – RE-STAR

Job ID: 025765

Salary: Post #1: £38,304 - £39,201, including London Weighting Allowance

Post #2: £32,676 – 33,408, including London Weighting Allowance Posted: 21-Jun-2021

Closing date: 18-Jul-2021

Business unit: IoPPN

Department: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Contact details: Claire Ballard,

Denmark Hill Campus Research

Job Description

We are looking for two enthusiastic Researchers for an exciting new UKRI-funded programme – RE-STAR (Regulating Emotions – Strengthening Adolescent Resilience). The first post is a post-doctoral Research Associate and the second a postgraduate Research Assistant.

RE-STAR is part of the UKRI Adolescent Mental Health and the Developing Mind initiative. Based at KCL it is a multi-disciplinary and cross institution programme of research bringing together developmental psychology, data science, psychiatry and neuroscience with educational studies and the performing arts. Its goal is to better understand the role played by emotion regulation difficulties in the development of mental health problems in adolescents with neuroatypicalities such as ADHD and ASD traits: and then to translate the knowledge gained into new school-based interventions tailored to the needs of these young people.

The post-holders will work on the first RE-STAR work package as part of a team with the RE-STAR Programme Manager and an Administrator. The team’s goal will be to develop a new way of measuring emotion regulation difficulties from the young person’s point of view. Individual responsibilities will depend on the mix of individuals recruited to the team but will involve some or all of the following: (i) interviewing young people with neuroatypicalities, (ii) analysing the outputs using qualitative approaches and/or machine learning-based textual analysis tools to identify questionnaire items and then (iii) validating the prototype questionnaire.

The entire work package will need to be delivered within 18 months and so the ability to manage competing priorities to strict deadlines is essential.

RE-STAR will be delivered in collaboration with partners at universities and stakeholder organisations as well as artists, teachers and doctors. Young people with neuroatypicalities will be actively involved in RE-STAR from start to finish. As such, the successful applicants must be able to work effectively in a collaborative environment.

The post-holders will be employed by the Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, King’s College London and will report to the RE-STAR Programme Manager.

These posts will be offered on fixed term contracts for 18 months. There may be scope to extend the contract for the right candidate by a further 30 months, by employment on other subsequent RE-STAR work packages.

These are both full-time posts, although part-time hours may be considered.

Key Responsibilities

  • Research Assistant – RE-STAR (Grade 5):
  • Research Associate – RE-STAR (Grade 6):

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.

Essential Criteria

Skills, knowledge, and experience

  • Research Assistant – RE-STAR (Grade 5):
  • Research Associate – RE-STAR (Grade 6):

Desirable criteria

  • Research Assistant – RE-STAR (Grade 5):
  • Research Associate – RE-STAR (Grade 6):

Further information

Online interviews will be held on 27th July 2021.

For those candidates with experience in machine learning techniques, part of the selection process will be a test of those skills.

More details on RE-STAR work package 1 can be provided on request.

This post is subject to Disclosure and Barring Service and Occupational Health clearance.

Adolescence, Emotion-regulation, ADHD and autism.

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