Upcoming postdoc position

Overview:

We seeking a highly motivated post-doctoral research associate with a strong background in Mental Health or Human-Computer Interaction, as part of the UKRI Future Leaders fellowship.

This is a 2 year position, at Grade 6; the top of what can be offered within the UK spine points system. The successful candidate will be mentored jointly by Dr Slovak (Informatics), Dr Crispin Day (IoPPN) and Prof Cathy Creswell (Oxford). We will start accepting formal applications in latter half of May'22, with the assumed start date between Sep'22 and Jan'23.

In the meantime, applicants are invited to reach out to Dr Petr Slovak if they would like to informally talk about the role or have any questions.

Tasks:

The postdoctoral researcher will take a lead on developing innovative approaches to parenting intervention delivery, combining: (i) qualitative research on challenges faced by parents in existing programmes; with (ii) a user-centred design process of envisioning new ways of supporting parents (and children) through scalable technology approaches.

The successful candidate will work directly with the PI, clinical mentors (across IoPPN and Oxford), and have the opportunity to draw on expertise of 2 other postdoc researchers in the group (HCI & psychology). The researcher will also have access to:

  • funds to hire additional temporary research assistants to support their work and scale up research efforts (after consultation with the PI), with ~£80k budgeted for such RAs across the project duration;
  • a substantial prototyping and user study budget;
  • an opportunity to co-supervise PhD students associated with the project, as well as
  • a generous training and travel budget directly allocated for the postdoctoral fellow, to further help position them as academic leaders and prepare them for the next step in their careers.

In addition, the research associate will be able to interact, collaborate, and learn from a network of researchers associated with the project across top universities (Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, Michigan, Northwestern, UW, …) as well as leading non-profit developers of intervention programs (e.g., Committee for Children, whose program is in more than 30% of US schools), thereby allowing for a range of opportunities and career choices.

Location:

The successful applicant will be based at the Informatics department on London Strand Campus; with a possibility of a visiting appointment at the Institute of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Neuroscience (IoPPN), and close connections to Prof Creswell’s group in Oxford.

Some extent of remote work is possible, if the excellent applicant was based in the UK, but not specifically in London.

King’s College London (KCL) is ranked 31st in the 2019 QS world universities ranking and was ranked sixth nationally in the “power” ranking in the 2014 REF. The Department of Informatics was placed in the top 10 of computer science and informatics departments in the UK, when measured by the power ranking, with 92% of its research output rated as world-leading or internationally excellent. The department maintains a multi-million-pound grant portfolio funded from a variety of sources including EPSRC and the European Commission. The Institute of Psychiatry Psychology Neuroscience (IOPPN) is the largest research centre for mental health in Europe, with over 1,850 staff and students and an annual budget of ~100 million Euros. The IOPPN is 2nd in the UK for research power according to the latest REF and achieved 100 percent 4* ranking for research ‘environment.