Research Associate Job with KINGS COLLEGE LONDON


job description

The main objective of this position is to undertake high quality research within the ESRC Center for Society and Mental Health at King’s College London, and to support the objectives of the Center as defined at https: //www.kcl.ac.uk / research / center-for-mental-health-society. The Center is an interfaculty initiative between the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neurosciences (IoPPN) and the Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policies (SSPP).

You will be working specifically on the CONtributions of social NETworks for Community Thriving (CONNECT) study as part of the Centre’s Marginalized Communities and Mental Health program. You will work with Professor Stephani Hatch, Dr Hanna Kienzler and Dr Charlotte Woodhead, and collaborate closely with our community partners as well as the interdisciplinary team of researchers based at the Center and our national and international partners.

In collaboration with our community partners, you will carry out participatory research (incorporating the collection and analysis of qualitative and / or quantitative data) within the communities. It will focus primarily on Blacks and other minority groups, with an intersectional focus. This research will aim to better understand how social relationships contribute (or hinder) marginalized communities and their mental health, and how health-promoting social relationships can be amplified. You will work with partners to improve the ability to translate results into existing community initiatives (eg related to public health).

In addition, you will be supported in your career development; for example, to develop independent research and scholarship applications. You will have the opportunity to work with others to develop other externally funded research to support the objectives of the Center, publish articles in peer-reviewed journals, participate in national / international conferences and participate in secondments to partner organizations. You will also have the opportunity to contribute to teaching and service within the Center. This may include organizing occasional conferences for undergraduate and postgraduate students in your area of ​​specialization, assisting in the development of training courses in the Center, and assisting in the supervision of master’s students. and doctorate.

We strongly encourage applications from black and ethnic minority applicants and applicants who identify as male as they are under-represented within the university at this level.

This position will be offered on a 24-month fixed-term contract

This is a full time position – 100% full time equivalent

This position is subject to authorization from the Disclosure and Prohibition Department.

Main responsibilities

  • Develop relationships of trust and undertake high quality ethical participatory action research with the community and other non-academic partners under the general guidance of program managers. This includes assistance in recruiting and collaborating with community researchers.
  • Coordinate and manage the CONNECT study, ensuring synergy between the different aspects of the project and facilitating effective communication and collaboration between team members, as well as within and between the Centre’s programs.
  • Conduct analysis of primary and secondary qualitative data and secondary quantitative data informed by social science concepts and theoretical frameworks.
  • Develop dissemination material and support knowledge exchange with public health and related bodies / organizations (e.g. local authorities, integrated care systems, other public sector and voluntary / community sector organizations) and policy makers (working with King’s Policy Institute partners), where appropriate.
  • Develop own research interests and conduct independent research related to program and Center priorities, with support and as agreed with program officials.
  • Publish results in internationally recognized journals, present articles at international conferences and participate in internationally recognized academic networks.
  • Plan and give occasional lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students, assist in the supervision of doctoral and / or master’s students, and assist in the development and delivery of training courses for the Center (in appropriate areas their specialization, as agreed with the program managers).
  • Contribute to the development, coordination and evaluation of public engagement and impact pathways through research programs
  • Be responsible for specific administrative tasks for the Center, as requested by the program managers.
  • Prepare and present information on research progress and results to program managers and other colleagues.
  • Liaise regularly with research colleagues and support staff on routine matters.
  • Engage in thoughtful and respectful academic exchanges with colleagues at meetings, conferences, workshops and seminars in the UK and abroad.
  • Ensure close collaboration with other platforms and programs and their continued contribution.
  • Ensure effective collaboration with relevant academic and non-academic partners.
  • Act as a responsible member of the team, lead where agreed and develop productive and participatory working relationships with others.
  • Attend and contribute to relevant meetings, including Center meetings and research seminars.
  • Improve the sense of collegiality and inclusion among staff.
  • Commit to improving equality, diversity and inclusion, as well as the principles of the Athena SWAN, Race Equality and Stonewall charters.
  • Seek to continuously improve the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery within the research project.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the incumbent will be required to undertake the duties and responsibilities reasonably expected in the context and classification of the position.

Skills, knowledge and experience

Essential criteria

  1. Doctorate awarded in a subject related to the work of the Center or doctorate in a subject related to the work of the Center nearing completion (e.g., sociology, public health / public mental health, social / psychiatric epidemiology, applied mental health, psychology or related social sciences)
  2. Knowledge and experience of social research on mental health.
  3. Knowledge of relevant theory and research (eg on social inclusion, social identification, social capital, social belonging and / or other social determinants of mental health).
  4. Experience in conducting qualitative and / or quantitative social science research (including planning, data collection, management, analysis and interpretation) with a commitment to additional training, as appropriate, to conduct mixed-method research.
  5. Experience in conducting community-based research integrating participatory action research or other models and approaches of community participation.
  6. Experience working with voluntary sector and / or public sector organizations and other non-academic partners.
  7. Know the complexities of conducting research involving mental health and social processes in communities.
  8. Experience in preparing journal articles and written reports for academic and non-academic audiences.
  9. Experience in engaging the public with a keen interest in developing new methods to improve the inclusion of marginalized groups.
  10. Commitment to share power, challenge structural oppressions and create lasting and progressive change through research.

Desirable criteria

  1. Experience in preparing research ethics and governance requests.
  2. Experience in the integrated application or exchange of knowledge.
  3. Experience with public health approaches and monitoring / evaluation of community interventions.