Quantitative Research Associate in Work, Welfare Reform and Mental Health

    Quantitative Research Associate in Work, Welfare Reform and Mental Health
    Job ID: 060325
    Salary: £40,386 - £42,592 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance
    Business unit: Social Science & Public Policy
    Department: Global Health & Social Medicine
    Strand Campus

    About the Centre for Society and Mental Health:
    The Centre for Society and Mental Health aims to ensure that the impact of social contexts is central to how we understand mental health, working in partnership with affected communities and group.

    There are three programmes within the Centre – this role is based within the Centre’s programme on ‘Work, Welfare Reform and Mental Health’ (co-led by Prof. Ben Geiger and Prof. Karen Glaser). There are also programmes on Young People & Social Change, and on Marginalised Communities, with whom this programme works closely. Our research is underpinned by platforms which ensure innovative approaches and interdisciplinary interactions between the programmes.

    The Centre is an interdisciplinary enterprise that brings together social scientists (both empirical researchers and social theorists from the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy, SSPP) with health and medical scientists (from the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, IoPPN).

    About the role:
    We are looking for a Research Associate with longitudinal quantitative research skills to be an integral part of our wider interdisciplinary team looking at work, welfare reform and mental health.

    In particular, you will conduct research on how the changing nature of work has impacted on mental health (and also how it has affected the inclusion of people with mental health problems in the workplace). This will primarily involve analysis of the Skills and Employment Survey series and longitudinal data such as Understanding Society.

    You will also have the opportunity to develop your own research interests that fit within the programme, in particular those that relate to our strategic themes – this includes the cost-of-living crisis, the effects of welfare reforms, issues around assessing work capacity (both for welfare and in work), wider claimant experiences, precarious employment & self-employment, and work-welfare interactions.

    You will work closely with Prof. Ben Geiger and Prof. Karen Glaser and the wider programme team, as well as being part of conversations with other Centre researchers and our academic and community partners. You will be supported to publish papers in internationally recognised peer-reviewed journals, and to present at national and international events.

    We will also support you in developing your academic career, including through fellowship applications and other applications to external research funders (whether led by you or by others in the team), exploring collaborations with others, and research & wider professional skills development through the Centre’s Early Career Researcher Network and the College’s wider training programme.

    About You:
    We would like for you to demonstrate your experience, particularly in relation to the following criteria:
    • PhD, or in the final stages of obtaining a PhD, in a relevant area of social science (e.g., social policy, economics, demography, sociology, social statistics, social epidemiology)
    • Knowledge of contemporary policy and research debates on welfare policy and/or employment
    • Experience of longitudinal data analysis, including suitable statistical approaches (e.g. random effects and fixed effects models, or more complex models) and data management best practice

    Contact details: Professor Ben Geiger / Professor Karen Glaser, [email protected] / [email protected]

    This post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract until 31st December 2024 with the view to extend, funding permitted.

    Closing date: 6 February 2023.

    To apply please click here Quantitative Research Associate in Work, Welfare Reform and Mental Health job in Strand Campus | Research jobs at King's College London (kcl.ac.uk)

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