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Research Assistant

King's College London - Social, Genetic & Dev Psychiatry MRC

Location: London
Salary: £32,676 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
Hours: Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 8th October 2021
Closes: 24th October 2021
Job Ref: 032945

Contact details: Yasmin Ahmadzadeh,

Location: Denmark Hill Campus

Job description

We have an exciting opportunity for a part-time Research Assistant (2 days/week) to support our team on a 6-month project focussed on understanding the Transmission of experiences of Racism, Anxiety, and DEpression in families (the TRADE project).

The TRADE project is funded by Emerging Minds, a UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Mental Health Network. The successful candidate will join the TRADE team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience with Dr Yasmin Ahmadzadeh, alongside researchers from both academic (King’s College London; University of Oslo) and charity (Centre for Mental Health) sectors.
Existing research to understand how anxiety and depression runs in families has been conducted predominantly with participants who identify as white. Questions around the effects of racism on parent and child mental health are missing from mainstream research efforts. The successful Research Assistant will play an instrumental role in our efforts to change this narrative.
The TRADE project aims are to collate and share knowledge about the intergenerational transmission of race-related trauma, anxiety, and depression; include and amplify the voices of families affected by racism; platform research questions that address affected families’ lived experiences; and shift values, attitudes, and behaviours in research and support sectors, to drive more equitable practice to support mental health within families.

The advertised role offers an opportunity to develop key research skills in literature review (conducting a rapid evidence assessment), qualitative methods (conducting focus groups and thematic analyses), science communication (to community, academic and clinical stakeholders), and writing an academic paper for publication. The successful candidate will join a team of researchers who are passionate about improving diversity and inclusion among research teams, participants, and consumers. The role will involve opportunities to inspire and support the career development of junior team members and adolescents.

The role is suited to an individual interested in pursuing a career in research and/or clinical practice; who is keen to gain experience in an institution at the global forefront of mental health research; and who wishes to support the development of anti-racist research methods and evidence-based practise.
We aim for this research to be executed with and for affected communities, while supporting pathways into academia for the next generation of diverse scientists. Therefore, we encourage applications from those who have lived experience of belonging to a racialised group (i.e., those who identify as belonging to a racially minoritized group in a white majority society).

This post will be offered on a fixed-term contract for 6 months

This is a part-time post - 40% full time equivalent (2 days/week)

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