Research Assistant in On-line Digital Interventions (Fixed-term)

Interview Date
Thursday, 29th March 2018
Closing Date
Monday, 5th March 2018
Job Type
School of Health Sciences, Institute of Mental Health, Jubilee Campus
£26495 to £28936 per annum (pro-rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience. Salary progression beyond this scale is subject to performance.

We are offering a post-graduate research assistant post in the NEON study, a Programme Grant for Applied Research, funded by the NHS National Institute for Health Research until April 2022. The focus of the post will be on on-line intervention design and evaluation.

The aim of NEON is to investigate whether experiencing online stories of personal recovery (‘recovery narratives’) told by peers improves quality of life for people with psychosis. The successful applicant will work with the NEON team to develop an on-line intervention and will contribute to the research outputs of the team. The post is based at the Institute of Mental Health in Nottingham. 

Active support for a part-time PhD will be available if the post-holder has not already completed a PhD. The Institute of Mental Health will pay for four years of part-time PhD fees (worth more than £8000 in total) and the post-holder’s work on the study will be structured to enable them to work towards PhD submission. This is an exciting opportunity to join a world-leading mental health recovery research group lead by Professor Mike Slade. The NEON study team currently includes a Senior Research Fellow, four research assistants and an administrator. 

Applicants will require the capability to produce working digital technologies at scale, and hence applicants who have relevant experience in a technical discipline (e.g. in Computer Science, Software Engineering or Health Informatics) and who wish to develop a career as a health services or health informatics researcher may be interested, as may individuals who have health services research experience, but a thorough technical competence. The ideal candidate will have a strong commitment to recovery (whether developed through experience of mental illness and recovery or throughprevious work in the area) and be able to show evidence of interest in research and the ability to engage creatively and productively with mental healthservice users, workers and managers. The on-line intervention will feature a machine learning component, and hence may be of interest to applicants with an interest and experience in data science.

The post-holder will gain substantial experience of topics relevant to digital intervention design and research, including working with a Clinical Trials Unit, the principals of Good Clinical Practice, working with people with lived experience of mental illness and recovery and of international collaborations. Career development support will be offered, including involvement in writing academic papers. Each of the three researchers in equivalent roles to this position in Prof Slade’s last Programme Grant –REFOCUS (see (2009-2014) – obtained a PhD and was co-author on 25 academic publications.

This full-time post is fixed-term until 31 March 2022, jobshare arrangements may be considered.

Informal enquiries may be addressed to StefanRennick-Egglestone, tel: 0115 82 30926 or email Please note that applications sent directlyto this email address will not be accepted.

The University of Nottingham is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.