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Research Fellow in Conflict and Mental Health

Health Services Research & Policy

Salary:  £40,011 to £45,437 per annum, inclusive.
Closing Date:  Sunday 26 July 2020
Reference:  PHP-HSRP-2020-10

We have an opportunity for a full-time Research Fellow in Conflict and Mental Health to work on the five-year Wellcome Trust funded project (CHANGE) which seeks to address alcohol misuse and mental health co-morbidities among conflict-affected populations in Uganda and Ukraine. 

The aim of CHANGE is to develop a new psychological intervention to reduce alcohol use disorders (AUDs) and co-occurring psychological problems in conflict-affected populations. The new intervention will build upon the World Health Organization’s (WHO) intervention “Problem Management Plus” (PM+). CHANGE seeks to complement PM+ with evidence-based strategies addressing alcohol misuse. We will test effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of the new intervention (called PM+/AUD) through two randomised controlled trials in Uganda and Ukraine. Project partners include HealthRight International Uganda, the University of Copenhagen, and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla. 

The successful candidate will be based in London at LSHTM. They will work on the formative research process to develop PM+/AUD, assist in the trial design and implementation of the intervention, analyse in-depth qualitative data to investigate implementation processes, and examine the potential for scaling up PM+/AUD. The work package on process evaluation is led by Professor Carl May (LSHTM). 

Ideal applicants will have a postgraduate degree in a related discipline, experience in mental health or public health research among conflict-affected populations or other vulnerable populations, demonstrable experiences of qualitative data analyses and are willing to regularly travel to Uganda and Ukraine. Experience in the development and implementation of task-shared psychological interventions, the conduct of process evaluation using qualitative methods and knowledge of social science theory would be an advantage. Further particulars are included in the job description.

The Research Fellow will report to Daniela Fuhr, one of the Principal Investigators of the CHANGE project.

This is a full-time post funded by the Wellcome Trust and available immediately to 31 May 2023 with the possibility of extension. Salary is on the Academic Grade 6 scale in the range £40,011 - £45,437 per annum (inclusive of London Weighting). The post will be subject to LSHTM terms and conditions of service.  Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this, there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made online via our website at jobs.lshtm.ac.uk.  Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm on the closing date.  Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to jobs@lshtm.ac.uk.

The supporting statement section should set out how your qualifications, experience and training meet each of the selection criteria.  Please provide one or more paragraphs addressing each criterion.  The supporting statement is an essential part of the selection process and thus a failure to provide this information will mean that the application will not be considered.  An answer to any of the criteria such as “Please see attached CV” will not be considered acceptable.

Please note that if you are shortlisted and are unable to attend on the interview date it may not be possible to offer you an alternative date.  

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