Psychology Assistant


University of Nottingham
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This role is to conduct a clinical trial to test the effects of median nerve stimulation on clinical symptoms in people with Tourette syndrome (TS). You will be actively involved in the clinical trial, engaging with the participants from the start and through their journey in the trial.

CLOSING DATE: 03/02/2022. Please note that the role may close early to applications – apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment

  • To ensure the safety and well-being of participants
  • Ensuring the high quality of the data collected
  • Highlighting any problems and issues to the Principal Investigator (PI)
  • Working with people with TS and their families, both face to face and virtually
  • To undertake protocol based psychological assessments; including neuropsychological tests, questionnaires, self-report measures, rating scales, direct and indirect observations and semi-structured interviews as directed by a qualified neuropsychologist. Initial assessments will be conducted face-to-face with subsequent follow up assessments conducted remotely via videocall
  • Completion of weekly questionnaires via videocall
  • Analysis of video data through tic counting
  • Examining and assessing individual trial videos

Essential Qualities

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with a professional, open and empathic interpersonal style
  • Well-developed IT skills including data entry, managing and maintaining database
  • Skills in the use of Microsoft office programs such as Word, Excel, OneDrive
  • Excellent organisational skills, with the ability to work to deadlines and manage time pressures
  • Ability to work autonomously, within the boundaries of role and own competencies
  • Ability to manage time and workload, with good organisational skills
  • Ability to work effectively as part of a research team, with well-developed written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to administer psychometric test material
  • Ability to meet the travelling requirements of the role
  • To demonstrate flexibility / adaptability where required


  • Experience of working with individuals with neurodevelopmental disorders and/or mental health difficulties
  • Experience of conducting clinical research (ideally post undergraduate degree) and administering standardised questionnaires and self-report measures.
  • Experience of working under clinical supervision 

Personal Qualities:

  • Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
  • Ability to manage a workload effectively
  • Ability to establish rapport with colleagues and participants
  • To work flexibly and maintain good contact with supervisors
  • Professionalism, reliability and trustworthy

Please apply via the website with a CV and cover letter by 03/02/2022

Training and Supervision:

Prior to the clinical trial commencing and participants being recruited, psychology assistants will undergo a period of specialist training and supervision. Following this there will be an expectation that you will work with full autonomy, participating in regular clinical supervision. A minimum of one hour a week of supervision will be offered, with additional on-site support by one of the wider research time as required.

Questionnaire administration and interpretation skills will be closely monitored and regular feedback provided to ensure proficiency and good practice are adhered to at all times. Clinical work may be observed periodically via review of video recordings.

Hours and workspace availability:

The role requires approximately 35-40 hours per week for 18 weeks (with possibility of a further extension). Please note that this is a full time position.

For face-to-face tasks, you will be required to travel to the Sir Colin Campbell building, Jubilee Campus, Nottingham University, where participants’ will attend to be assessed. This will be conducted during work hours (9am to 5pm).

For non-face-to-face tasks, you will be able to work either from home on flexible hours or work from an office space on the Jubilee Campus during work hours. For videocalls with participants, you may need to work outside of normal working hours to accommodate the participants’ availability.

For advice on CVs, covering letters and making applications, please refer to the University’s Careers and Employability Service website.