Assistant Research Psychologist

Job Title: Assistant Research Psychologist
Contract Type: Contract
Location: Lingfield
Salary: £28,116 per annum FTE
Job Published: November 06, 2020 12:00

Job Description

Assistant Research Psychologist


Assistant Research Psychologist

£28,116 per annum FTE

4 days a week, 30 hours per week

Fixed-Term up to 12 months

Based in Lingfield


Young Epilepsy is the children and young people’s epilepsy charity. What sets us apart is our focus on giving a voice and a platform to people who have the condition, so that we are able to learn from them and support changes in societal understanding, attitudes and responsiveness - providing higher quality health, education and family support services as a result. Increasingly, we are developing our digital platforms and on-line offers to children and families.

We fund pioneering research into epilepsy in partnership with Great Ormond Street Hospital and the UCL Institute of Child Health. We run a special education school and college in Lingfield, Surrey and also provide health and residential care services.

The Research Department is responsible for the governance and coordination of the projects under the Young Epilepsy Research programme lead by the Prince of Wales’s Chair of Childhood Epilepsy. This current role is part of the Physical Activity in Childhood Epilepsy (PACE) Study project team. The project aims to compare levels of physical activity in secondary school-aged (11-15years) children with epilepsy, and age- and gender-matched healthy controls, using both survey methods and activity trackers (accelerometers). The Assistant Research Psychologist will undertake psychological assessments emotional wellbeing with the young people and their parents remotely. Additionally, they will administer measures of physical activity with young people and support the young people in the use of the activity tracker via video link.


The Assistant Research Psychologist will report to the Educational Psychologist and will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the project, supported by the Research Manager.

The main duties of the Assistant Research Psychologist include:

  • Recruit and consent research participants in liaison with the Consultant Community Paediatrician and/or via an online portal.
  • Administer psychological and physical activity assessments
  • Data entry and maintenance of the project database, ensuring high record keeping standards
  • Undertake data analysis, and assist in the production of reports and summaries, using IT and statistical programmes
  • Provide regular updates on the progress of the study to the Principal Investigator and the research team and organise and provide administration of the project steering group meetings.
  • Prepare final report, analysing findings and conclusions from the research on physical activity in young people.
  • Contribute to fundraising prospect searching, stewardship and applications for follow-up studies.
Research experience including experience with statistical packages such as R and SPSS, qualitative methods such as thematic analysis and a full driving licence are desirable but not essential.


  • 27 days annual leave
  • Opportunities for career progression
  • Occupational pension scheme.
  • On-site accommodation available
  • Subsidised dining room.
  • Gym membership options (on and off-site).
  • Perkbox, giving you access to nationwide discounts and benefits.

We are accessible by bus, by train via the East Grinstead branch of the Oxted Line and by car and offer free parking on our campus.


If you have any specific queries in relation to this position, please contact Amy Muggeridge, research Manager email or Dr Colin Reilly on

For further details of these and other vacancies, please visit our website:

Where a high number of applications are received, the post will be closed and a limit put on the number of applications. If you do not hear anything within two weeks of the closing date, please assume you have been unsuccessful.

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (formerly CRB) will be required.

Young Epilepsy strives to employ people that reflect the community it serves; therefore, applications from minority groups and people with disabilities are particularly welcomed.

Please refer to our website for Privacy Policy.

Young Epilepsy is the operating name of the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy. Registered Charity No: 311877 (England and Wales).

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