University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge

Research Associate ChARM Group (Fixed Term)

Research Associate ChARM Group (Fixed Term)

The Department of Psychiatry is looking for a committed and enthusiastic post- doctoral Research Associate to join the team from 1 September 2023. The applicant will undertake the statistical analysis of linked administrative data combining clinical mental health records and the national pupil dataset to explore the interface between mental health and education. Improved understanding these factors will facilitate a targeted approach to early intervention and prevention of mental health problems as well as supporting children and young people to cope better in school. We are particularly interested in someone with experience complex statistical analyses or working with relational databases or administrative datasets. The role of the successful applicants will be to undertake these analyses under the supervision of Tamsin Ford, Simon White and Rudolf Cardinal (Cambridge), but there are opportunities to link with colleagues doing similar work at the Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (Johnny Downs).

The Child and Adolescent Mental Health team is expanding rapidly with an emphasis on applied epidemiology, as well as intervention development and evaluation. The successful applicant will be at a relatively junior level but will have the opportunity to play an active part in shaping this research programme and supporting more junior staff. We are particularly interested in someone with experience of research or practical work with children, young people in health care or education settings.

The methods applied by the team include secondary analysis of large epidemiological datasets, mixed qualitative and quantitative observational studies, economic evaluation systematic reviews and randomized controlled trials. The research is inherently translational and multi-disciplinary, and involves strong links with psychology, paediatrics, education, epidemiology, trial specialists, statisticians, health economics and basic scientists. Though we are looking for an applicant at a junior level, one who has only recently completed their PhD, we envisage that they will eventually become involved in all aspects of this work.

Applicants will have a PhD in Epidemiology, Psychology, Neuroscience or Medical Science and be expected to have obtained ONS Accredited Safe Researcher prior to taking up the post.

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 30 September 2024 in the first instance.

We welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part- time working or other flexible working arrangements.

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Applicants must have (or be close to obtaining) a PhD.

Appointment at Research Associate level is dependent on having a PhD. Those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD will initially be appointed as a Research Assistant (Grade 5, Point 38 £31,411) moving to Research Associate (Grade 7) upon confirmation of your PhD award.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please include details of your referees, including email address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Informal enquiries may be directed to Tamsin Ford, [email protected]

Please quote reference RN36596 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

Further information
  • Further Particulars RN36596
  • Department/Location

    Department of Psychiatry








    5 May 2023

    Closing date

    4 June 2023

    Job details


    Research Associate ChARM Group (Fixed Term)


    University of Cambridge


    United Kingdom


    May 24, 2023

    Application deadline

    June 04, 2023

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