Recruiting a Research Assistant Psychologist

Job Title: Research Assistant Psychologist
Reports to: Charity Director
Salary: £21,892 pro rata (plus Inner London weighting)
Location: Remote – (UK-based)
Hours of work: Part time: 1.5 days per week (0.3 FTE)
Contract: 6 months contract
Closing date: 28th January (closing earlier if applications over-subscribed)

 

The Loss Foundation is a growing charity and we’re now looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Research Assistant Psychologist who will be responsible for managing our Connect bereavement support programme for people bereaved by cancer or Covid-19. This is a fixed-term post for 6 months (with potential to extend) for a candidate with an interest in clinical research. The role combines administrative support and clinical evaluation for the Connect programme.

 

This is an exciting and pivotal role; giving the post-holder the opportunity to work closely with our Clinical Psychologist Director and help to shape the direction of our Connect programme and data collection.

 

 

Role overview

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated Research Assistant Psychologist with outstanding written and verbal communication skills and a strong eye for detail.

 

Key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Maintaining the administration of the Connect programme including communicating with the team about timelines, key milestones and data outcomes.
  • Contribution to research, in consultation with service users and our team’s clinical psychologists.
  • Preparation of documentation and communication.
  • Data collection via online survey and telephone interviews.
  • Maintenance of project databases and systems, in accordance with GDPR and ethics approvals.
  • Opportunities to be involved in data analysis, write-up and dissemination.

 

The candidate will use their excellent time-management and organisational skills to ensure that tasks are completed and submitted to deadlines.

 

The candidate will be comfortable working independently and organising their own work schedule.

 

Main Duties and Responsibilities

 

Clinical / Research

  1. To contribute to study design and establishing of methodology.
  2. To consult with the team and service users on the design and administration of the project.
  3. To review current GDPR compliance regulations and to consider ethics.
  4. To draft study protocols.
  5. To learn to use the technology platforms including the Qualtrics survey software.
  6. To build the online text-based survey architecture in collaboration with the team.
  7. To maintain data collection databases.
  8. To complete telephone interviews with participants.
  9. To advertise the Connect programme across social media platforms and via the charity newsletter.
  10. To support online data collection and evaluation.

 

Administrative

 

  1. To provide organisational support to the project via maintenance of working charts, documentation of meetings and organisation of communications across the team.
  2. To organise and maintain digital filings systems.
  3. To support co-ordination of the project via communications with contributing professionals.
  4. To work independently to ensure daily tasks and on-going workloads are prioritised and completed within agreed timescales.
  5. To seek support and advice from team members appropriately and to work together with other members of the team, including the Charity Administrator, the supervising Clinical Psychologist, the Charity Fundraiser, and other team members.

 

General Responsibilities

  1. Maintain confidentiality of all information required, including supporters, beneficiaries, staff, Trustees and volunteers.
  2. To undertake training as required and participating in appropriate education, learning and personal development.
  3. Take responsibility for being up-to-date with current research policies and procedures, and ensure the charity adheres to these.
  4. To promote the values of The Loss Foundation through your work (Honourable, Compassionate, Progressive, Bold, Personable).
  5. Any other duties that may be reasonably requested.

 

 

Person Specification
Each requirement will either be identified through the candidate’s application form (A) or interview (I).

 

Essential Requirements

  1. Strong belief and enthusiasm for The Loss Foundation’s mission and values
  2. 2:1 (Hons) or First in Psychology (or a Masters degree in Applied Psychology or a further period of academic study at a commensurate level) (A)
  3. Evidence of strong research experience and skills in statistical data analysis (SPSS) in a previous role.
  4. Previous experience in working with mental health service users.
  5. Experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of diversity within local communities. This may have been gained through work, research, volunteering and/or lived experience (A, I)
  6. Strong proofreading skills and attention to detail.
  7. Well developed IT skills including data entry and analysis. (A, I)
  8. Able to work on own initiative (A, I)
  9. Ability to liaise with a range of stakeholders, including service users, researchers, psychologists, board members, other charities and professionals. (A, I)
  10. Punctual, reliable and flexible (A, I)
  11. Ability to meet objectives & targets and tight deadlines under pressure.

 

Desirable Requirements

  1. First in Psychology (or a Masters degree in Applied Psychology or a further period of academic study at a commensurate level) (A)
  2. A clear understanding and empathy with the issues and challenges that the beneficiaries face when experiencing bereavement.
  3. Advanced qualifications in statistical or research methodologies (A).
  4. Experience working in the charity or bereavement sector (A).
  5. Experience with psychological assessment interviews / questionnaires (A/I).
  6. Experience of database development and management (A/I).
  7. Experience using online survey platforms, specifically Qualtrics (A/I).
  8. Working knowledge of confidentiality / data protection regarding all information (A/I).

 

Applicants are required to send a cover letter and CV to Erin at erin@thelossfoundation.org

 

For further information regarding the application process, please email erin@thelossfoundation.org

 

Closing date: 28th January (closing earlier if applications over-subscribed)

 

Note all candidates need to have the right to work in the UK.

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