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Research Fellow

School of Psychology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £30,942
Full Time Fixed Term (12 months)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 21 October 2020
Interview Date:   To be confirmed
Reference:  1292620JW

The Centre for Innovation and Mental Health in the School of Psychology is seeking to recruit an enthusiastic and motivated Research Fellow to work on an innovative NIHR PGfAR-funded programme: On-Line Parent Training for the Initial Management of ADHD referrals (OPTIMA).  This is a full-time post. In the first instance, it will be offered for 12 months, in line with NIHR PGfAR funding policies. However, following a successful programme review, there is the possibility that NIHR funding will be continued for further 34 months.

The aim of the OPTIMA programme is to offer easy-access training and support to parents of 5-11-year-old children recently referred to services for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) - related problems, who are awaiting full clinical assessment and diagnosis. This programme will utilise specifically-developed automated online screening portal to identify the eligible families and parent training in the form of a digital application. The latter will be evaluated in a randomised controlled trial across several NHS Trusts in South London, Nottingham and Hampshire.

The post-holder will provide day-to-day support for a variety the OPTIMA programme research activities, which will involve recruiting families for the study, ensuring timely data collection, and preparing data for analyses. They will be responsible to the Principal Investigator and will work alongside the colleagues based across all the trial centres (London, Nottingham and Hampshire). This post is suitable for applicants who have an interest in ADHD and related disorders, parenting, or in digital mental health interventions.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivilent professional qualifications and experience in psychology or a mental-health related field and have an understanding of the challenges facing families of children with ADHD and behavioural problems. They should also be able to demonstrate a mature attitude to work and the ability to work independently. The capacity to work efficiently to fulfil recruitment targets and to meet the project deadlines is essential. The successful candidate will need to be willing to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends and work across the different trial centres if required.

A standard DBS check is required for this role

Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification.  The title of Research Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD.  Prior to the qualification being awarded the title of Senior Research Assistant will be given

Application Procedure 

 You should submit your completed online application form at The application deadline will be midnight on the closing date stated above. If you need any assistance, please call Annabelle Trimm (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 23 8059 4043 or email  Please quote reference 1292620JW on all correspondence. 


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We aim to be an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community. Please note that applications from agencies will not be accepted unless indicated in the job advert.

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