Paid Internship in Translational Mental Health



For individuals from under-represented ethnic backgrounds

The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), in partnership with the Black and Minority Ethnics in Psychiatry & Psychology Network (BiPP), encourages and welcomes applications from talented individuals from under-represented ethnic backgrounds who show the potential to develop a successful career in translational mental health research.  Working as a Research Assistant based with a research team at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience (IoPPN), the successful candidate will gain experience and acquire a range of research and transferable skills. Interns will benefit from mentoring, training and support to enable them to progress to the next stage of their career in translational mental health research. 

Applicants must select at least one, and a maximum of two, of the posts advertised as part of this scheme.  Please see further information below about how to apply.

Interns will benefit from:

  • Salaried post for 12 months.
  • Experience gained working as an integral member of an established research team based at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN).
  • Mentorship provided by members of the IoPPN academic community at doctoral level and above.
  • Training – ‘on-the-job’, plus on-line and in-person courses as appropriate.
  • Access to facilities, resources and seminars at the IoPPN and elsewhere within King’s College London.
  • Opportunity to be part of an exciting and inclusive team of researchers at the IoPPN, working within a respectful and collaborative culture where diversity is valued.
  • Preparation for next stage of translational research career.

In addition to the Key Responsibiities and Essential / Desirable criteria listed below, applicants should read the specific responsibilities and criteria for the post/s they are interested in applying for.

Key Responsibilities:  With senior oversight, to take day-to-day responsibility for multiple aspects of the study.  Training will be provided to familiarise the successful candidate with their duties which may include:

  • Development of project materials, including ethics applications, patient information sheets and recruitment packs
  • Planning and executing study design, identifying and solving specific problems as they arise, seeking appropriate support from senior colleagues
  • Conducting accurate data entry and data quality checks
  • Attending and contributing to research team meetings
  • Contributing to the provision, organisation and/or analysis of research data in collaboration with senior colleagues.
  • Communicating methodologies and results clearly to colleagues both orally and by  writing reports.
  • Liaising with colleagues within and external to King’s and building networks for the exchange of information and to form relationships for future collaborations.
  • Contributing to the writing and publication of high-quality papers in peer-reviewed literature both nationally and internationally.
  • Contributing to the presentation of results at conferences (as funding allows).
  • Contributing to research proposals and applications to external bodies for funding purposes.
  • Working effectively as a team member with both academic and non-academic colleagues, including clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Undertaking any other duties, which may be required from time to time, as are consistent with the needs of the study, such as minute taking and sending out information sheets.


A commitment to enhancing Equality & Diversity, as well as a commitment to the principles of the Athena SWAN Charter are essential.

Important:  For specific key responsibilities that are additional to the above, applicants should refer to the details provided with the Research Assistant post/s they are interested in applying for.

Essential Criteria:

  • BSc in relevant subject.
  • Commitment to develop a career in translational mental health research.
  • Relevant research experience (e.g. participant recruitment, data collection, epidemiological study, research study or intervention trial).
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with a range of professionals.
  • Ability to deal sensitively with study participants and their families/carers.
  • Ability (and willingness) to investigate and learn new skills.
  • Good presentation skills.
  • Good all-round IT skills.
  • Experience of data entry.
  • Accuracy and attention to detail for careful record keeping.
  • Excellent organisational skills.
  • Good time management skills with the ability to plan and prioritise own workload to meet project targets.
  • Ability to balance competing priorities under pressure of deadlines.

 
Desirable Criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Research methods/Experimental Psychology/ Neurodevelopmental Science or equivalent / allied subject.
  • Experience of working as part of a multidisciplinary team.


Important:
  For criteria that are additional to the above, potential applicants should refer to the essential / desirable criteria listed with the Research Assistant post/s they are interested in applying for. 

Candidates must:

  • Be an enthusiastic and motivated BSc or MSc degree graduate from one or more of the following disciplines: neuroscience, psychology, biological science, social science, physical science, epidemiology, mathematics, applied and health statistics; bioinformatics and computer science; data science; machine and deep learning; natural language processing.
  • Be able to work in London for the duration of the internship.
  • Be able to commit to all aspects of the internship programme.

Candidates must not previously have completed an internship at King’s College London or anywhere else.

To apply, candidates must select at least one, and a maximum of two, of the Research Assistant posts advertised with this scheme.

Applications must be submitted via the King's College London on-line application system**.  With their application, applicants must upload a separate single-side A4 page for each post they are applying for, with one or two paragraphs to explain why they are interested in that particular post.  Applicants must also upload their CV and personal statement with the on-line application.

**The link to the on-line application system is available on the King's College London website - scroll down the King's page to Apply for job.

Please note:  Only one on-line application needs to be submitted together with one separate A4 page for each post the candidate wishes to be considered for. 

 

Closing date for applications: Sunday 12 September 2021 (23.59 hrs). 

Interviews are scheduled for the week of 04 October 2021 - day to be confirmed

Applications must be submitted via the King's College London on-line application system.  The link to the on-line application system is available on the King's College London website - scroll down the King's page to Apply for job.