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Research Manager

Type: Permanent
Location: Borough, London
Salary: Starting at £35,500
Hours: Full time (37.5 hours per week) but part-time working can be negotiated

Can you inspire and lead a team?  Bring your experience and expertise to further develop our organisation?  Support a team of peer researchers to develop their own research and evaluation skills and appropriately use their lived experience in their work?

We are recruiting to a Research Manager role within our team with specific responsibilities for team development. This is a key role within the charity, managing a team of researchers to develop peer research methodologies and contributing to how we deliver on our mission to ‘transform mental health research’.

Our ambitious and friendly team conduct a range of mental health and evaluation projects, all of which place people with experience of mental health issues at their centre. We are looking for someone with a commitment to excellence in research, and through it to making a positive impact on the lives of people living with mental health issues. The ability to develop new research ideas, including working on applications for new funding, and to effectively disseminate research findings to a range of specialist and lay audiences is also central to the role.

We are looking for someone with excellent research skills, preferably in a health services context, having significant line management experience, and a confident communicator ensuring research is used to implement changes in practice.  Overseeing staff and team development, conducting analysis, synthesis and write up of research or evaluation projects are also crucial in this role. You will be passionate about mental health and mental health research, and particularly about engaging collaboratively with people with lived experience of mental health problems. We hope you will bring your experiences of patient and public involvement in research, and develop them further in our charity.

We encourage people with direct experience of mental health problems to work for us, sharing their research skills as well as their direct experiences of managing mental ill health.

The McPin Foundation is based in Borough (near London Bridge). Some travel will be required in this post.

The closing date for applications is 9:00am on Monday 21st October 2019.  Interviews will be held in London on Thursday 31st October.

Job Description

Equal Opportunities

Job Application Form

Queries to danrobotham@mcpin.org or call 0207 922 7877 if you have any questions about the post.


Peer Impact and Engagement Officer

Type: Fixed term for 3 years
Location: Borough, London
Salary: £27,500 per annum FTE (pro rata)
Hours: 30 hours a week

Mental health research needs to draw on different approaches across many scientific disciplines, if it is to lead to improvements in people’s lives. In 2018, the funding body UK Research and Innovation seed-funded 8 Mental Health Networks, made up of researchers, charities and other organisations working collaboratively to address important questions about mental health. A Network Coordination team has now been set up to support the networks to develop bids to gain further funding and maximise their impact. This includes facilitating the cross-pollination of ideas and methods between the networks and bringing disciplines not traditionally involved in mental health research into the fold, by encouraging them to consider how their field might provide useful approaches to understand and improve mental health. The team will create a national campaign on Why Mental Health Research Matters, building on the value created by the eight networks and amplifying it, to inspire both a new generation of researchers and the public. 

The McPin Foundation are seeking to recruit a Peer Impact and Engagement Officer to work as part of the Network Coordination Team. The officer would work closely with the Mental Health Networks Coordinator, Elaine Fox, Professor of Psychology and Affective Neuroscience at the University of Oxford but would be based at the McPin office in Borough. Other team members include an early career researcher and two media professionals.

We are looking for candidates who are excited at the prospect of working in a truly interdisciplinary way, and who are willing to engage with the concept of mental health through multiple different lenses. The post will suit someone with excellent people skills who is looking to gain further experience in the field of mental health research and translation but who is also interested in communications and engagement. The candidate will be encouraged and supported to draw on personal experiences of managing mental health problems within the post – this is what the ‘peer’ in the job title refers to. 

The McPin Foundation is based in Borough (near London Bridge).

Please refer to the job description for a fuller explanation of the role.

Job Description

Equal Opportunities

Job Application Form

The closing date for applications is 5pm on Monday 28th October 2019.  Interviews will be held in London on 4th or 6th November 2019.

Queries to vanessapinfold@mcpin.org or call 0207 922 7877 if you have any questions about the post.


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