Postdoctoral Research Assistant

University of Reading

United Kingdom

July 14, 2021


Job reference: SRF35905

Location: Whiteknights Reading UK

Closing date: 14/07/2021

Job live date: 15/06/2021

Salary: £30.942 - £35,845 per annum

Employment type: AR-Research

Department: School of Psychology & Clinical Language Sciences

Division: Charlie Waller Institute

Hours per week: 1.0 FTE

Employment Basis/Type: Fixed term; Full time

We are recruiting a Postdoctoral Research Assistant to join our team to further develop our research and public engagement programmes on young people's mental health.

In particular, the postholder will contribute to our citizen science programme ‘Project Soothe' (www. Launched in 2015 the team has collected over 800 soothing images from members of the public. Our research has shown that viewing a small subset of these images induce positive mood changes. Since last year we have been working with a range of health and support organisations to develop wellbeing tools using Project Soothe materials, including the launch of a Project Soothe app feature to help people cope with the additional stress and isolation during COVID19 lockdown. This postdoctoral research assistant post will play an essential role in contributing to our Project Soothe Young Citizen Scientists Project (www. funded by the Wellcome Trust, working with young people from a range of schools and support services to co-design and evaluate wellbeing tools.

In addition, the postholder will contribute to a wider range of research and public engagement activities around young people's mental health funded by the alumni and supporters of the University of Reading. The postholder will contribute to analysing large datasets, as well as collecting novel data, to identify risk and resilience factors associated with young people's mental health (e.g. sleep quality and other bio-psycho-social factors).

Across this exciting portfolio of projects, the postholder will have the opportunity to contribute to both quantitative and qualitative data curation and analyses, preparing findings for publications or other outputs, assisting with future grant applications, as well as liaising with participants and participating organisations across NHS, educational, and third sector services. This post is particularly suited for researchers who have strong data analysis skills and a career ambition to develop a profile in applied psychological research. We are particularly seeking to recruit an individual who shares our value of integrating public engagement in research, and those who would enjoy working with people and community groups.

This post is offered on a full-time basis for up to 12 months, but candidates wishing to undertake it part-time would be considered. Informal discussions prior to application are welcome; please contact Principal Investigator Stella Chan ( ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​The candidate will have:

  • PhD (or soon to obtain PhD) in Psychology or a relevant discipline

  • Experience of conducting psychological research with human participants, including participant recruitment, preparing for ethics application and collection of data

  • Demonstrated skills of analysing data using advanced statistical methods (SPSS and / or R)
  • An established or emerging publication record appropriate for career level

  • Ability to communicate effectively to a lay audience

  • Good organisation and project management skills

  • Interview date: TBC

    Informal contact details

    Contact role:

    Principal Investigator

    Contact name:

    Stella Chan

    Contact email:

    Applications from job seekers who require sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. By reference to the applicable SOC code for this role, sponsorship may be possible under the Skilled Worker Route. Applicants should ensure that they are able to meet the points requirement under the PBS. There is further information about this on the UK Visas and Immigration Website.

    The University is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce, supports the gender equality Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter, and is a Diversity Champion for Stonewall, the leading LGBT+ rights organisation. Applications for job-share, part-time and flexible working arrangements are welcomed and will be considered in line with business needs.