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Research Associate/Fellow (Fixed-term)

University of Nottingham - Nursing - Nottingham Centre

Location: Nottingham
Salary: £27,511 to £35,845 per annum (pro rata if applicable) depending on skills and experience (minimum £30,942 with relevant PhD)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 10th September 2021
Closes: 15th October 2021
Job Ref: MED294321X1

Location: Jubilee Campus

Interview date: To be confirmed

This is an exciting opportunity to join a world-leading research group focussed on mental health recovery, wellbeing and social inclusion. The post-holder will work as a Research Associate/Fellow in the Recovery Research Team (RRT), which is led by Mike Slade, Professor of Mental Health Recovery and Social Inclusion. The current RRT research portfolio comprises studies on recovery narratives, Recovery Colleges, spirituality, identity in psychosis, social connectedness, peer support work and global mental health. Further information on the work of the RRT is at The RRT is part of the School of Health Sciences, University of Nottingham. The post is located at the Institute of Mental Health on University of Nottingham Innovation Park. The Institute of Mental Health is a partnership between Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Nottingham. 

The post-holder will work on the UKRI-funded ‘Citizen Science To Achieve Coproduction at Scale’ (C-STACS) study which aims to apply citizen science approaches to mental health. C-STACS has the potential to be a first-in-field innovative study which changes the landscape of mental health research, so we are looking for an exceptional post-doctoral researcher (or PhD near to completion, who will be appointed as a Research Associate until completed) who can use this opportunity as a spring-board to a future mental health research leadership role. The interdisciplinary study will for the first time bring together expertise from (a) citizen science and other participatory methods, (b) Patient and Public Involvement and other engagement approaches in mental health, and (c) Human-Computer Interaction research. Expertise in at least one of these areas, and wider experience of at least another, is needed. Key project tasks include conducting systematic reviews and semi-structured interviews, and running online mass participation projects through zooniverse. The post will involve a high level of collaboration with researchers across different faculties at the University of Nottingham, and co-development of the project with the nine partner organisations (e.g. NHS Confederation, NSUN, ImROC, Centre for Mental Health). 

We particularly welcome applications from people with a background in either mental health recovery research or digital/HCI/data science research who can demonstrate through their previous experience and roles a motivation towards a mental health research career, with a genuine interest in this interdisciplinary space. The post would particularly suit someone with a strong track record in mixed-methods research and a developing portfolio of publications and competitive grant income. The ideal candidate for this role would be interpersonally skilled at working with a wide range of stake-holders specifically including people with lived experience of mental health problems, and have a deep understanding of co-production, mental health and recovery, including from personal experience.

This is a fixed-term post for a period of 30 months, starting from the 1st September 2021 and no later than 3rd January 2022. Hours of work are full-time (36.25 hours per week), however job share arrangements may be considered.

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