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Research Assistant in Psychology or Social Science (Fixed Term)

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £26,715 to £30,942
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th August 2021
Closes: 20th September 2021
Job Ref: SN27905

The Applied Social Science Group within the Primary Care Unit are seeking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated research assistant to a project that explores the mental health needs and treatments provided for young people with social work involvement.

It is envisaged that the successful candidate will have a background in psychology, social science or cognate discipline and a genuine interest in children’s mental health and safeguarding. The project will pursue analysis of unprecedented linked health, education and social care data for a large cohort of children. One of the unique qualities of the dataset is the availability of structured and unstructured data, including clinical notes. We are looking for someone capable of working responsively to research needs and opportunities as they arise, and with a desire to influence policy for children and families through research. The successful applicant will be educated to masters level in a relevant subject or have equivalent qualifications or experience.

The project is being undertaken in conjunction with National Children’s Bureau, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Children and the British Association of Social Workers, which means that findings from the research will have direct routes to policy and professional practice.

The successful candidate will join a friendly and supportive team, led by Dr Robbie Duschinsky. This team includes clinicians from various professions (e.g. clinical psychology, general practice, social work) and researchers from across disciplines (e.g. primary care research, epidemiology, sociology, psychology, gender studies). There will be opportunities for collaboration with leading national and international researchers, as well as NHS, children’s social care and policy stakeholders. Patient and Public involvement is at the heart of the project and the postholder will also work directly with our Expert-by-Experience panels, hosted by the National Children’s Bureau, to ensure that the voices of users of children’s social care services inform this research and its dissemination.

The postholder will be well supported in their professional development, with opportunities for developing skills and knowledge. The Investigators will work with the postholder to develop a bespoke training and development plan that will focus on the skills and experience they need to make the most of the opportunities afforded by the project and to progress their career. The postholder will also be supported to apply for funding relevant to their future career development, such as doctoral funding.

This post is full-time.  We also welcome part-time applications for no less than 70% FTE per week.

The funding is available for 30 months from commencement in post.

Location - Department of Public Health and Primary Care, East Forvie Building, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx 2 miles south of city centre)

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Robbie Duschinsky via email

Closing date: 20th September 2021

Interview Date:  5th October 2021

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