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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

University of Bath - Psychology

Location: Bath
Salary: £27,116 to £33,309
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 29th October 2021
Job Ref: CH8743

The Department of Psychology is seeking a hardworking and reliable individual to assist with a 3-year clinical trial to evaluate a mobile phone app designed to help reduce symptoms of paranoia.

Many people with psychosis continue to have paranoid beliefs, despite the best treatments available. STOP (Successful Treatment of Paranoia) is a new digital health technology (a smartphone app) designed to encourage people with distressing paranoia to develop alternative ways of interpreting their paranoid thoughts. This post is an exciting opportunity to contribute to the development and evaluation of STOP, working as part of a large Medical Research Council (MRC) award.

This research assistant post is designed to support the trial at the Bath site (the trial will also be running at a site in London) and would suit someone with academic interests in cognitive biases, digital interventions and paranoia/psychosis. This position will be attractive to those who are passionate about translating basic research findings into useful applications that have the potential to provide downstream benefits for patients in the real world. You will have a good first degree in psychology, or a closely related discipline, and may already have some experience of working in a mental health setting, or clinical trials.  Good written and verbal communication skills will be vital to the role, as will an ability to form good working relationships with trial participants and the rest of the research team.

While the post is located at the main University of Bath site, if circumstances require it, the role can be carried out entirely remotely, for example conducting participant interviews over the phone or online. The successful candidate should be in a position to work both on site and from home, as required.  

We are looking for someone for an immediate start. This is a full time, fixed term position to 31 January 2025. 

For an informal discussion about the role or your suitability please contact Dr. Pamela Jacobsen (

What we can offer you:

Our campus is surrounded by beautiful countryside, and the City of Bath with its historic charm and social activity only a short distance away creates an excellent environment in which to work. 

We are:

  • a family friendly workplace 
  • open to exploring flexible working opportunities which benefit you and the University. 
  • recognising of the talents of our diverse workforce through an excellent reward package 
  • encouraging of your personal and professional development

Find out from our staff what makes the University of Bath a great place to work. Follow us @UniofBath and @UniofBathJobs on Twitter for more information.

We aim to be an inclusive university, where difference is celebrated, respected and encouraged. We truly believe that diversity of experience, perspectives, and backgrounds leads to a better environment for our employees and students, creating a learning environment and organisational culture that enhances health and wellbeing across our community. We are very proud to have recently received Ambassadors for Autism certification and are an accredited Disability Confident Leader; committed to building disability confidence and supporting disabled staff.

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