CAMHS Digital Lab Research Officer

Job Description

This is an exciting full-time position at the heart of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) Digital Lab led by Dr Johnny Downs (  The CAMHS Digital Lab is a new team, formed as collaboration between KCL and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. The lab will enable KCL researchers, engineers, and designers with SLaM healthcare and digital service providers to work together to develop products which will improve child and adolescent mental health.  The post-holder will work alongside the department’s professional services team to ensure that administrative and operational processes run efficiently.

The post is responsible for providing courteous, friendly, and responsive support to  clinical, academic research colleagues and students.  The role will include supporting the team to comply with the University’s policies and procedures, whilst facilitating the day to day running of the Lab’s joint working. They will provide high-quality administration supporting Dr Downs and the wider Lab research team. They will be an integral part of the section’s research and teaching objectives and commitments, and will share the team’s successes.   

The post holder will develop a comprehensive understanding of the team’s research and business commitments.  They will facilitate the smooth running of the section’s portfolio and assist Dr Downs and the Digital Programme Manager in the management of the contracts and research awards (using Worktribe and PURE management).  Along with the section head the postholder will monitor budgets, deal with purchasing and payment of invoices and staff contracts.

The successful candidate will be someone who is motivated to improve child and adolescent mental health care. They will be positive and professional. They will be comfortable interacting with a wide range of people, including senior level personnel from a variety of clinical, academic, and external organisations.  As such the post requires someone with excellent interpersonal and communication skills who will demonstrate diplomacy and tact, and the ability to deal with confidential and sensitive information. The Lab is a busy research group, so the post-holder should enjoy using their initiative to prioritise task according to the lab’s objectives.

Key responsibilities

  • Arranging meetings and national/international travel.

  • Establish and maintain good working relationships with staff in KCL / Faculty central services such as Finance, HR, Research Grants Support, as well as a variety of external organisations and individuals.

  • Proactively monitor expenditure and provide summary reports on research grants and other accounts.  Liaise with the Department Manager and colleagues in Research Grants / Finance to resolve any issues.

  • Support the Lab team with procurement, invoicing, sales orders and expenses claims relating to the business of the Digital Lab and Dr Downs research activities.

  • Supporting the administration for CAMHS Digital lab functions including minute taking and document collation

  • Preparation of papers for upcoming meetings and committees, and liaison with related institutions as necessary.

  • Assist with the preparation of grant applications, including setting up budgets using KCL’s Worktribe system.

  • Support the Lab team with fixed term contract processes; assisting with staff recruitment within the section, arranging interviews etc.

  • Induction: Assist new Lab staff and research students to settle in and provide all relevant University/Faculty information.

  • Management of the Lab’s webpages and social media accounts, in line with university guidelines.

  • Work closely with the Departmental Manager on implementing institutional and local policies.

  • Ensure confidentiality on all matters and information obtained during the course of employment.

  • The Department’s professional services team works on a mutually supportive basis.  All administrative staff are expected to contribute to a range of grade appropriate tasks to facilitate smooth running of the wider department.

The above list of responsibilities may not be exhaustive, and the post holder will be required to undertake such tasks and responsibilities as may reasonably be expected within the scope and grading of the post.


  1. Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience.


Essential criteria

  1. Motivated to enhance child and adolescent mental health care through digital technologies

  2. Previous administrative experience in working within a dynamic office environment

  3. Strong IT skills and knowledge of the whole MS Office suite.  

  4. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  5. Produces work with an eye to accuracy and excellent attention to detail.

  6. Experience of financial management including budget development.

  7. Enthusiasm and can-do attitude with a strong work ethic, using initiative and creativity to address challenges.

  8. Ability to manage and prioritise own workload, and to work in an efficient and unsupervised way.

Desirable criteria

  1. Undergraduate degree or equivalent work experience.

  2. Good understanding of the funding environment and grants administration in higher education, a clinical setting or similar environment.

  3. Experience of digital HR and budget systems, such as Worktribe, CoreHR, PeopleXD, Business World




The post holder will be responsible for the instruction of Fitness Class sessions to the University Sports Centre Users.

This role will pay 30-40 pounds per session.


Experience of delivering Fitness Class Sessions and working in an environment dealing with a broad range of users.

Relevant National Governing Body Teaching Qualification and Personal liability insurance.

Knowledge of the issues relating to health and safety in the delivery of Fitness Class sessions.

Good communication skills, be able to relate to a wide variety of different types of users.

Have demonstrated leadership skills and be able to develop the session.

Knowledge and understanding of fitness training relating to other classes or services provided by the Sports Centre is desirable.

Experience in planning for development of Fitness Classes is desirable.

A First Aid qualification is desirable.

Demonstrable understanding of Diversity and Equality and its practical application in Higher Education.


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  1. To be responsible to the Fitness Manager for the running and supervision of the sports centre fitness class sessions.

  2. To ensure that the classes begin and end at the advertised times and that only authorised users participate, collecting tickets from all attendees before the session starts.

  3. To act in accordance with sector best practise, and NGB guidelines and code of conduct.

  4. To be responsible for the Health and Safety of all participants including ensuring the safe use of equipment, and communicating any faults to the Operations Manager – (Health and Fitness).

  5. To collect feedback from users for the development of the session/ programme.

  6. To liaise with the Operations Manager (Health and Fitness) in the development of these sessions.

  7. Any other duties appropriate to the role as directed by the Fitness Manager during the regular hourly slot.

  8. Session plans are to be provided and approved by the Fitness Manager on a quarterly basis, the session plans are to evolve so as to keep the customers interested and their progression continuous.

  9. The instructors are to market the class alongside LSBU Active to increase awareness of the classes and help promote academy events to their attendees.

  10. It is the responsibility of the instructor to inform their clients of any class changes due to annual leave or cancelation due to lack of attendance.

  11. All instructors are to be evaluated on a quarterly basis, unless a concern has been highlighted which means that this may be sooner.

  12. All instructors are to be on site on the hour even if the class starts at 10 past the hour to allow for set up time.

  13. Some classes will be removed during the quieter times while the students are away as this can affect the attendance levels.

  14. Due to fluctuations in trends, classes will be reviewed and timetables amended on a quarterly basis.

You will be educated to graduate level and will have experience of working to support research impact in a Higher Education environment. You will need excellent interpersonal, influencing and communication skills and a strong track record of forming successful working relationships. You will be capable of working with people at all levels of seniority. This will be working with the Healthier Working Lives project. 

To provide comprehensive support for the development and delivery of Research Impact at the Kings College London, including preparation for future REFs, Impact Case Study. 

To assist with the production of high quality, evidence‐based Impact Case Studies for the REF exercise in line with REF guidelines. 

Support the development of the Institutional research impact pages and other communications channels, drawing on contributions from the wider Faculty-based impact managers and coordinators, ensuring that all Faculties are appropriately represented and that the University’s profile at regional, national, and international levels is maximised.

Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate, negotiate and influence effectively, as appropriate, at all levels, creating professional relationships with researchers, administrators and senior staff in the University and externally.


An honours degree or equivalent


A strong understanding of higher education research and Research Impact in its widest context, including an awareness of how impact feeds into the Research Excellence Framework.

Previous administrative experience of the organisation and implementation of events, activities and programmes, preferably within a research environment.

Experience of evaluating the success of activities and reporting (on success or progress)

Strong writing skills with the ability to convey information clearly and concisely to non-expert audiences

Excellent presentation and interpersonal skills, with the ability to communicate, negotiate and influence effectively, as appropriate, at all levels, creating professional relationships with researchers, administrators and senior staff in the University and externally

An ability to understand and analyse complex research and data in order to draw out key messages and conclusions

Ability to work independently, use initiative and complete tasks without close supervision

To aid in research using stem cell models of neurodevelopmental and psycahric disorders


MSci In Neurosceince


qPCR, neurosceince and study of psychaitric disorders