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Research Administrator

School of Psychology

Location:  Highfield Campus
Salary:   £24,871 Pro rata per annum
Part Time Fixed Term (14.4 hours per week, until 31/12/2024)
Closing Date:  Wednesday 01 December 2021
Reference:  1583521JW

We are looking to employ a part-time research administrator to provide high-quality and efficient administrative support within the School of Psychology at the University of Southampton. 

The role sits within the Centre for Innovation in Mental Health, an initiative that unites psychologists, psychiatrists, neuroscientists with our partners in local schools and NHS services to deliver translational mental health research across the life span. The CiMH combines expertise in child development, psychological interventions, and affective neuroscience to deliver cutting edge research that has the potential to transform people’s lives. 

Southampton University is a research-intensive university and a founding member of the Russel Group and is currently ranked 15 in UK higher educational institutes.

About the role

This is an exciting opportunity to join an existing project which aims to evaluate a new way to deliver support for parents of children with behavioural difficulties through a digital parenting training app (STEPS). The Online Parent Training for the Initial Management of ADHD Referrals (OPTIMA) is a programme of research funded by the National Institute for Health Research. Together with Kings College London and Nottingham University, the study aims to recruit parents who are currently awaiting an assessment through the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). With the trial commencing in January 2022, we are looking for a part-time research administrator to join our team.

As an administrator on the OPTIMA project, you will be supporting the research assistant at Southampton University as well as the wider Optima team. You will work closely with the three universities as well as with external stakeholders such as Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. This post is well-suited to someone who would enjoy working within higher education and has a strong interest in research-related administration. 

You will have experience in an administrative environment, with demonstrable multi-tasking skills and a strong attention to detail. You will have established prioritisation skills and the ability to contribute to a variety of activities, which could include liaising with families taking part in the trial, managing spreadsheets, attending meetings (and at times minute keeping), scheduling research and other appointments and recording data. 

You will have a positive, ‘can-do’ attitude and enjoy working in a large team. You will have an interest in neuropsychiatric disorders and some experience working with families of children with behavioural difficulties. Experience of working in academia is desirable as is a knowledge of working with databases. A DBS check is required for this role.

This role reports to the principal investigator in Southampton, Dr Jana Kreppner.

If you have the relevant expertise and experience, with an interest in supporting families with children with behavioural difficulties, as well and the drive to see a trial through from start to finish, we look forward to hearing from you.

For an informal discussion, please contact:

Dr Jana Kreppner, Principal Investigator at Southampton University 

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 Sam Stubbs (Recruitment Team) on +44 (0) 2380 592750 or email  Please quote reference 1583521JW 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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