Research Assistant (fixed term)

Job title Research Assistant (fixed term)

Department Psychology

Salary Starting from £26,243, rising to £32,236

Grade Grade 6

Placed on Tuesday 07 May 2019

Closing date Tuesday 04 June 2019

Interview date Tuesday 18 June 2019

Reference SS6726

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An opportunity to provide subject-specific research assistance to the Principal Investigator (PI) and their research team has become available. The post holder will work on the ESCAPE study (Integrating Smoking Cessation Treatment into Routine Psychological Care (IAPT). 

Tobacco is the world’s leading preventable cause of disease and death. In the UK and in other developed nations smoking prevalence has significantly declined in the general population, but has remained unchanged in those with mental health problems resulting in an excess burden of smoking-related mortality in this group. People with depression and anxiety are twice as likely to smoke and are less responsive to standard tobacco treatments than the general population, leading to a call for population-targeted interventions. 

This research aims to work in collaboration with clinicians, service users and academics to co-design a bespoke smoking cessation intervention and to examine its feasibility and acceptability in community mental health settings 

The post holder will predominately be involved in collecting and analysing data for three projects:

  1. A systematic review titled “Impact of variation in functions and delivery on the effectiveness of behavioural and mood management interventions for smoking cessation in people with depression”. Protocol available here
  2. Analysing qualitative data from interviews with IAPT service users and therapists.
  3. Collecting data about intervention implementation for the ESCAPE trial

You will be required to assist with research by conducting literature and database searches; collecting qualitative and quantitative data and conducting qualitative analyses and contributing to manuscripts

It is essential that you hold a degree (BA/BSc) (or equivalent) in a subject relevant to the research activity and a Master level qualification (or equivalent) in psychology, research methods or related field. It is desirable that you’ve conducted qualitative analyses in a previous post.

This is a full time (36.5 hours per week) fixed term contract initially offered for a period of 12 months. More information on the ESCAPE study is available on the Open Science Framework

For more informal queries relating to this role please contact the PI, Gemma Taylor (; tel. 01225 383379

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The University of Bath is an equal opportunities employer and has an excellent international reputation with staff from over 60 different nations. To achieve our global aspirations, we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.