Forces in Mind Research Centre – Research Associate in the Department of Psychological Medicine


Salary: £43,205 – £50,585 per annum, including London Weighting Allowance.

Closing date: 29 January 2024

The Forces in Mind Trust (FiMT) Research Centre is looking to appoint a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to lead a project aimed at understanding the potential benefits of serving in the UK military, as well as to support the broader work of the FiMT Research Centre.

Using various mechanisms and approaches, the FiMT Research Centre aims to ensure that policy makers and service providers supporting the UK Armed Forces Community are basing their decision-making on accurate and contemporary evidence. Additionally, the Centre seeks to facilitate collaboration between researchers, policymakers, and service providers to inform and transform policy and practice affecting ex-Service personnel and their families in the UK. To find out more visit

The Research Centre is run by a consortium from the King’s Centre for Military Health Research (KCMHR), King’s College London, and RAND Europe. The centre co-Directors are Professor Nicola Fear (KCMHR) and Ruth Harris (RAND Europe), and the centre is managed by Dr Mary Keeling. This post of Post-Doctoral Research Associate will be situated within KCMHR.

KCMHR is the leading civilian UK centre of excellence for research with the Armed Forces Community. Independent of the Ministry of Defence, Office for Veterans’ Affairs, and chain of command, providing much-needed evidence on the health and well-being of Serving and ex-Serving personnel and their families.

The post holder will undertake a comprehensive systematic review of current evidence regarding the benefits of service in the UK military. They will be responsible for the conduct of a qualitative study with a diverse group of ex-Service personnel, gathering personal narratives about Service in the UK military. Additionally, they will contribute to other work and outputs of the FiMT Research Centre.

The successful candidate will be a highly skilled qualitative researcher who is enthusiastic, self-motivated, and highly organised. They will be experienced in leading and running studies and have high quality skills and experience conducting systematic literature reviews and qualitative research studies, including effective participant recruitment, conducting focus groups, and qualitative data analysis, (preferably with experience in discourse analysis, narrative approaches, and/or thematic analysis). They will be comfortable working independently and collaboratively between different teams and will successfully manage their time and workload, handling demanding deadlines. Excellent written and verbal communication skills for various audiences and a commitment to equitable and inclusive research practices are also essential attributes.

For more information on the role or an informal discussion please contact the FiMT Research Centre Deputy Research Manager – Kirsty Dimond via

This post will be offered on a full time or part time (0.6 or 0.8 FTE) basis dependent on candidates’ preference and requirements. Candidates should specify their preference when applying.

This is a fixed-term contract for 12 months.

Find out more and apply here.

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