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Research Assistant (Fixed Term)

This is an exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing research programme concerning children and young people's mental health; the ChARM group. The post-holder will be based in Cambridge and work as a Research Assistant to support a National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded programme, "ATTEND", led by Professor Tamsin Ford. The ATTEND programme comprises of five interrelated work packages to evaluate a novel mindfulness intervention for adolescents with relapsed depression.

The current post will be based at one of six trial sites across England, supporting the successful running of a multisite hybrid clinical and cost-effectiveness randomised controlled trial (work package 3), under the direction of the Site Lead Tamsin Ford, the Trial Manager, Gemma Giove Hunt, and the Programme Manager, Dr Rachel Hayes. The post holder will be responsible for ensuring data is collected across the trial sites and will also support the 6 other Research Assistants working across the sites. This will include supporting the recruitment and assessment of young people and carers, assisting with intervention delivery, and data entry and management.

The postholder will also liaise with the wider study team including collaborators at the University of Cambridge and several other universities and NHS trusts, such as Exeter, King's College London, Sussex, Oxford, Nottingham, and Surrey.

The successful candidate will be an enthusiastic and motivated person. They will have an interest in working with young people with mental health difficulties and in developing and evaluating new psychological interventions. They will be highly organised with excellent communication and engagement skills. They will work well with others and independently, show initiative when faced with challenges, and have good problem-solving skills.

We welcome applicants who would like to use this opportunity to develop further research proposals, fellowship applications, or other grants.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Gemma Giove-Hunt at Deadline for applications is 4th August 2024, interviews 10th September 2024

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 October 2026 in the first instance.

Once an offer of employment has been accepted, the successful candidate will be required to undergo a health assessment and a standard Disclosure and Barring Service check.

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