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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 University of York is keen to expand its capacity to deliver internationally-excellent research into mental health.  Professor Christina van der Feltz-Cornelis has recently joined the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG) as an Anniversary Chair.  We seek an ambitious research fellow to work with Professor van der Feltz-Cornelis build a portfolio of externally-funded research at the interface between physical and mental health.  This is an exciting time to be working in this area, and you will be based in the acclaimed University of York in the Mental Health and Addictions Research Group (MHARG), led by Professor Simon Gilbody.  

MHARG conducts rigorous applied mental health research with an excellent track record in delivering some of the most challenging NHS trials.  MHARG holds a substantial programme of work into common mental disorders such as depression and anxiety.  With Professor van der Feltz-Cornelis you will expand the work of MHARG to also investigate the psychological dimension of people with long term medical conditions, and to develop our understanding of somatoform disorders.  This post will particularly appeal to candidates with a strong background in mental health trials and/or familiarity with our clinical areas of research.  We are co-located with the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group, and familiarity with systematic reviews as a vehicle to develop research ideas will be advantageous. 

You will contribute to applications to develop interventions and to fund large scale trials in these areas.  As the post develops you will manage our emerging trials-based portfolio.  You will help disseminate our research by writing papers and by mobilising our emerging research knowledge.  You will liaise closely with the York trials Unit and trial recruitment centres to maintain our excellent track record in the delivery of evaluative research.  You will participate actively in the planning and management of research projects, including supervising the work of others and providing expert advice and guidance.  You will 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 first or co-author publications in applied mental health research his essential.

You will have a PhD in a applied health research or a relevant science based subject such as psychology or health psychology, 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 mental health[GS1] . 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

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