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Research Fellow

Health Sciences
Based at
University of York - Heslington Campus
Hours of work
Contract status
Fixed term
38,832 - 47,722 a year
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Role Description

The Department of Health Sciences/MHARG (Mental Health and Addictions Group) is seeking a Research Fellow with high level experience and a strong track record in the successful delivery of trials in the challenging area of SSD (somatic symptom disorder), CMD (Common Mental Disorder) and comorbid chronic medical conditions (working with people with distressing somatic symptoms and psychiatric comorbidity).  You should have an excellent understanding of clinical trials, with an aspiration to lead current and future trials in this area.

You will be based at the University of York in the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG), work closely with the principal investigator, Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis, with the investigator team and co-investigators in York and other UK centres to acquire and lead an NIHR-funded study that is aimed at developing and testing personalised interventions to help people with SSD to improve their quality of life and return to work, or to aim at suicide prevention. You will contribute to and/or lead on the production of research outputs and research outcomes and running of the trial, which will include liaising with trials units and trial recruitment centres.  You will participate actively in the planning and management of research projects, including systematic reviews, supervising the work of others and providing expert advice and guidance.  You will also liaise with the research funders to ensure the timely delivery of the project and provide progress reports where possible.  Experience of writing up research work for publication, with evidence of other first author publications based on SSD is essential.

You will have a PhD in a Health or Science based subject or in exceptional circumstances substantial relevant experience at an equivalent level.  You will have excellent communication and management skills, combined with experience of project management and evidence of working with NHS partner’s to deliver large scale studies in the field of SSD, therefore knowledge of NHS organisations, services and procedures would be desirable. You will also be expected to write or contribute to applications for research funds (acting as co-investigator to future studies) with a proven ability to attract and obtain external research funding.

For informal enquiries, please contact Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis at:

This post is available on a fixed term basis for 40 months

Vacancy Reference: 6718

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