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Welcome to the Department of Psychiatry. We are a friendly and committed department with an international reputation for excellence.

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If you are planning to apply for a position within the Psychiatry Department, please read the information below on the application process.  Please note all applications close at 12.00 midday.

Current Vacancies 



Casual Research Assistant at £17.03 per hour – Closing date 9.00 am Monday 17th May 2024

The Mental Health Translational Research Collaboration (MH-TRC) is currently setting up the Severe Mental Illness Longitudinal Evaluation (SMILE) Bioresource cohort. This will become the latest National Programme cohort in the NIHR Bioresource. SMILE will be complementary to the existing NIHR Mental Health Bioresource cohorts, including mental health cohorts such as GLAD and EDGI.

The SMILE cohort is a collaborative effort between NIHR Oxford Health Biomedical Research Centre (BRC), NIHR Maudsley BRC, Cardiff University and the University of Birmingham, with NIHR Oxford Health BRC the administrative lead. It will be set up in a similar way to the collaborative NAFLD Bioresource, which is led by NIHR Birmingham BRC.

We are seeking to appoint a temporary research assistant (up to 12 weeks) to assist in the early set-up of the SMILE cohort.    The post is offered at either full time |(37.5 hours per week)  or part-time (minimum 20 hours per week) The post holder will be accountable to Professor Rachel Upthegrove and report to Dr Julie Bieles. Tasks will include, but not be limited to:

  • Developing the protocol for the cohort
  • Authoring participant facing leaflets (e.g. PIS)
  • Liaising with other centres (NIHR Cambridge Bioresource, Mental Health Bioresource, NAFLD Bioresource) on ethics, data management, ToRs etc.

This opportunity would suit a researcher interested in learning about research administration/project management,  a post-doc, or recently completed PhD student with experience in clinical trials.

Please contact for further details

Application is by CV and a covering letter detailing how you meet the selection criteria – please send these to    For further details on the post and the application process please download the job description (CASUAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT)


Application Process

All applications for our vacancies are made on line through the University of Oxford jobs website and only in very exceptional circumstances can we receive applications via other means.  If you have a disability or other compelling reason that prevents you submitting an application on line please email our recruitment team at for advice.

Due to the additional work it creates and in fairness to other applicants, we are unable to accept late applications, so please make sure you are aware of the application deadline and submit yours in plenty of time.  All posts close promptly at noon on the closing date (and remember to allow for technical hitches, which seem to occur at the most inconvenient moment!)

Please follow the link in the posted advert to see further particulars and to apply.   As part of your application, you will be required to upload the documents below:

1. A Curriculum Vitae, (for most posts, but not required for posts at grades 1-5 as a fuller on-line application form is completed)

2. A letter of application/supporting statement.

Should you experience any difficulties using the online application system, please email  who will be able to advise you on how to proceed with your online application.   Alternatively  you can follow the 'Help' link on the left-hand side of the page at any time.   Please note this will open in a separate window.

To return to the online application at any stage, please click on the recruitment page 

Please be aware that for some positions we receive a high volume of applications and, although we do try to give feedback to unsuccessful candidates when requested, we are not always able to give individual feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted for interview.  We shortlist candidates based on the selection criteria that you will find towards the end of the job description