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Research Fellow (full time)

University College London - UCL Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology

Location: London
Salary: £35,328 to £37,281 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance (Grade 7)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 1st July 2019
Closes: 22nd July 2019
Job Ref: 1814894

The appointment will be on UCL Grade 7. The salary range will be £35,328 - £37,281 per annum, inclusive of London Allowance.

We are looking for a postdoctoral research fellow to work on a project that uses avatar identification in virtual reality to reduce self-criticism and increase self-compassion in people with depression. The post is funded by NIHR for 5 years, in the first instance. Reporting to the Principal Investigators of the project, the successful applicant will join a dynamic team in UCL, a leading UK university with an international reputation for research in both clinical psychology and computer science. The postholder will set up and coordinate the project to achieve its three main aims: Working with computer scientists, to support development of a set of scenarios and procedures within virtual reality that will teach how to better experience self-compassion. To conduct a small-scale randomised trial that will estimate the acceptability and feasibility of the approach in an NHS service and lead to a finalised treatment manual. To train NHS therapists in the techniques and supervise a larger randomised controlled trial of the intervention within several local IAPT services. You will be part of a vibrant team and will work on successful completion of the project from inception to dissemination under direction of the PIs. You will play a key role in shaping the project, including liaison with computer scientists and experts on compassion-focussed therapy, data analysis, drafting peer reviewed papers and writing reports for the funder. The setting as well as the opportunities and responsibilities of the post will provide an excellent opportunity for research career development.

We are looking for someone with excellent interpersonal skills who is pro-active and well-organised, is an experienced researcher, and who has authored peer-reviewed publications. You will need to have a PhD in psychology or neuroscience or a professional doctorate in clinical psychology. You will ideally have experience of working with virtual reality, working with patients in clinical settings, and experience of clinical trial methodology.

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above.

Informal enquiries can be made to

Closing Date: 22/7/2019

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: TBC

UCL Taking Action for Equality

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