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Research Assistant in Mental Health & Social Work x 3

Faculty of Professional & Social Sciences

Location:  Hendon
Starting Salary:  £31,834 to £36,508 per annum
Grade:  Grade 6
Contract Type:  Fixed Term - 12 months
Hours per Week:  35.5
Date Posted:  Friday 14 September 2018
Closing Date:  Friday 05 October 2018
Interview Date:  Monday 22 October 2018
Reference:  HED350
Job Details:    Job Description    

Department of Mental Health and Social Work 

As one of the top 500 universities in the world in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the only modern university in London to feature in the list, we are dedicated to unlocking potential and transforming the lives of our students. They are at the heart of everything we do and we’re proud of the rich diversity they bring to our campuses – it is this, which we use as inspiration for our work. Our legacy of pioneering new developments includes leading the field in work-based learning and transnational education. Our contributions to workforce innovation, include the North London Social Work Teaching Partnership (, My Care Academy - a knowledge building digital community with Camden and Islington NHS Mental health Foundation Trust and Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health Trust (, and social work and nursing apprenticeships. We are also driving technological innovation, including research on the use of robots in the care of older people.

The Department of Mental Health and Social Work is one of the leading drivers of university-based social and health care research in the UK. The department is home to a broad range of researchers whose interests are primarily in applied areas of practice and policy including active research interests in relation to the care and treatment of adults, children and adolescents with mental health problems; transcultural issues related to the practice and delivery of care; co-production as people who misuse drugs and alcohol; ageing populations and social care practice around issues such as safeguarding and adoption. The Department also supports three research centres: the Co-Production in Mental Health Research Centre, the Drug and Alcohol Research Centre (DARC); and the Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health.The latter centre is currently part of a ground-breaking international three-year research project to develop and evaluate the world’s first culturally aware robots aimed at assisting in the care of older people. 

We are seeking to appoint three Research Assistants with experience of working in health and social care to join our research team and support our expanding research portfolio. One of these posts will specifically align with the Research Centre for Transcultural Studies in Health under the leadership of Professor Rena Papadopoulos. The other two posts will support the wider Department Research Portfolio.

Role 1 & 2 - Research Assistant (focus on wider Mental Health & Social Work

The post holder will report to Dr Tim Weaver.The post holder will support the promotion of research activity within the department. They will support the Director of Research (Dr Weaver) in administering an internal small grants scheme, as well as contributing to the production of grant applications. They are also expected to play a role in selected research projects and therefore will need an existing grounding and experience in qualitative and quantitative research approaches, for example in data gathering such as in interviewing or in basic statistical analysis. 

Role 3 – Research Assistant for the Research Centre of Transcultural Studies in Health.

The post holder will report to Professor Rena Papadopoulos and work full-time within the Centre supporting its broad range of activities and contributing to the co-ordination of existing research projects / programmes including the IENE programme (Intercultural Education for Nurses in Europe); the international compassion project; systematic reviews related to socially assistive humanoid robots; and new projects under development.

Our research is characterised by inter-professional working with many colleagues working collaboratively on common areas of practice, research methodology or policy concern. There are also strong links and synergies between the research conducted by our staff and their everyday teaching interests and practices. The department also has a strong focus on service user involvement and co-production both in relation to healthcare, research and education. This underpins our working practice and feeds significantly into our pedagogic research. It would be expected that all post holders would contribute to the production of academic publications, presentations and writing reports.

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Please note CVs will only be accepted in addition to a fully completed application form.

To discuss the posts please contact: 

For Roles 1 & 2: Dr Tim Weaver -

For Role 3: Professor Rena Papadopoulos -

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