Research Associate in complex child trauma and mental health (fixed term)

Job Title: Research Associate in complex child trauma and mental health (fixed term)
Contract Type: Contract
Location: United Kingdom
Salary: Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322
Reference: Ref: JB8494
Job Published: July 30, 2021 13:45

Job Description

Research Associate in complex child trauma and mental health (fixed term)

Dept: Psychology

Starting from £33,797, rising to £40,322

Ref: JB8494

We are looking for an engaged and motivated postdoctoral Research Associate for a two-year project funded by the national NIHR-ARC network. 

The project is investigating the implementation of NICE-recommended mental health treatments for young people in care, including the development of an implementation framework and pilot implementation trial of trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy. The role will involve working closely with children's social care, CAMHS, and third-sector mental health services. The project includes qualitative interviews and quantitative assessments with service-providers, carers, and young people. We will be recruiting in the South West, West, East, and North of England, and there will be research assistants located in these regions to support recruitment. 

The postdoctoral researcher should have a PhD in psychology or a related discipline or a DClinPsy. The successful candidate will join a growing, dynamic, and collaborative team, where there are number of large ongoing projects on the mental health and wellbeing of young people in care, care-leavers, and other groups of trauma-exposed young people. They will also join a thriving Department, which includes many early career, mid-career, and senior researchers focused on questions around child trauma, maltreatment and mental health, including within the established Child Mental Health & Development group.

For informal enquiries please contact Dr Rachel Hiller (

The Department of Psychology excels in research and teaching, regularly ranking in the top 5 in national league tables (e.g.,The Complete University Guide). Research in the department occurs across more than six sub-disciplines in psychology, including clinical, cognitive, developmental, environmental, forensic, health, and social psychology. The department resides in a new purpose-built £30 million building, containing 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art labs for interview, social group observation, EEG/ERP, virtual reality, psychobiology, eye-tracking, pain, cross-modal, and computerised testing.

The Department includes many established networks and groups of relevance to this role, including the Child Mental Health & Development research group, and the Early Career Researcher Network. Both of these groups meet monthly. 

Both the Department of Psychology and the University of Bath have a Bronze award from the Athena SWAN Charter Scheme. Both the Department and the University are committed to providing a supportive and inclusive working environment.

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

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Closing date: Sunday 15 August 2021.

Interview date: Monday 23 August 2021.

To apply please click here

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.

The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations.  We have made a positive commitment towards gender equality and intersectionality receiving a Bronze Athena SWAN award, and we are actively working towards a Silver award. We are a family-friendly University, with an increasingly agile workforce. We are open to flexible working arrangements and we’re also proud to be a disability confident employer and are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments you may require.