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Research Assistant – DREAMS START RCT

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Interview Date:  7th June 2022

Fixed Term: This post is funded by NIHR/HTA and is available for 16 months initially, starting from August 2022. The DREAMS START RCT is funded by an NIHR/HTA grant that commenced on September 1st 2020.

The post-holder will work on the DREAMS START RCT. DREAMS START is a non-pharmacological intervention to reduce sleep disturbance in people living in dementia at home, delivered to their family/friend carer. This project aims to widen access to DREAMS START by increasing recruitment of trial participants from diverse and underserved populations, and all age groups, promoting alternative pathways into the trial, and adapting it for delivery to carers from groups under-represented in research including from South Asian backgrounds. The post-holder will undertake qualitative interviews, work as part of a team for manual development from the original DREAMS START manual for South Asian carers, and be trained and supervised to deliver the DREAMS START. 

The successful applicant will be responsible to Dr Penny Rappaport, the chief investigator and supervised by Dr. Sarah Amador, the trial manager at UCL. They will liaise with professionals working in memory clinics and other NHS services supporting people living with dementia to recruit participants and facilitate the workings of the trial. The intervention will be delivered to family carers of people living with dementia at home. The researcher will be based at UCL but will need to work and liaise with sites across London and Essex. Willingness and ability to travel is therefore a necessary part of this role.  This post is funded by NIHR/HTA and is available for 16 months initially, starting from August 2022. The DREAMS START RCT is funded by an NIHR/HTA grant that commenced on September 1st 2020. 

The successful applicant will be a researcher with a good degree in psychology or a relevant social science, and experience of recruiting participants to a research study and working with people with dementia and/or mental health problems. Candidates must also have excellent interpersonal, oral, organisational and written communication skills. We are keen to receive applications from people with knowledge of the UK South Asian Community and who are fluent in a South Asian language.  This post would be particularly suitable for someone seeking a career in clinical psychology or clinical research. Strong support for personal and professional development will be available, including clinical supervision. 

Applicants should apply online. To access further details about the position and how to apply please click on the ‘Apply’ button above. 

If you have any queries regarding the vacancy please contact: Sarah Amador s.amador@ucl.ac.uk

For queries about the application process please contact dop.hr@ucl.ac.uk

Those selected for interview will be contacted by email so please ensure your contact details are correct. 

Latest time for the submission of applications: 23:59.

Interview Date: 7th June 2022 

UCL Taking Action for Equality

We will consider applications to work on a part-time, flexible and job share basis wherever possible. 

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