University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Postdoctoral Researcher: The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children and adolescents (TOPIC)

Postdoctoral Researcher: The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children and adolescents (TOPIC)

Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford OX3 7JX

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher post on an exciting National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) funded project that focuses on implementing a novel ‘identification-to-intervention' approach for anxiety problems through primary schools.

The post is based in the Department of Experimental Psychology in the Radcliffe Observatory Quarter in Oxford. The post is full-time.

The post is for a fixed term (12 months).

The team are currently running a large trial to evaluate procedures for screening for anxiety problems in primary schools and providing parents with online and telephone support. If the trial shows this is an effective approach, our hope is that Mental Health Support Teams could work with schools to implement the ‘identification-to-intervention' approach in routine practice.

This new project will use qualitative and co-production methods to identify adaptations we need to make to our ‘identification-to-intervention' procedures and create materials and resources for delivery through Mental Health Support Teams.

You will lead stakeholder consultations, participant recruitment, interviews/focus groups, qualitative analysis, and co-production meetings. The post will involve working closely with study investigators and a range of collaborators, including school and parent representatives.

You will hold or be close to completion of a relevant PhD/DPhil together with some relevant experience. You will have specialist knowledge of child mental health, qualitative methods and co-production methods and experience using qualitative methods in psychological research. Excellent communication skills are essential, including the ability to communicate with a range of groups, represent the team at meetings, and write for publication.

The role will require some travel in England for recruitment and data collection activities and there may be times when it is necessary to work some irregular hours.

You will be required to upload a supporting statement and a CV as part of your application.

The closing date for the post is midday on 23rd February 2024.

Contact Person : HR Manager Vacancy ID : 170587 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 23-Feb-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 7 Contact Email : [email protected] Salary (£) : £36,024- £40,521

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Postdoctoral Researcher: The Oxford Psychological Interventions for Children and adolescents (TOPIC)


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 08, 2024

Application deadline

February 23, 2024

Job type



Medicine,Psychology,Social Science

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The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

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It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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