• Full Scholarship

King’s College London (informally King’s or KCL) is a public research university located in London, England. King’s was established by royal charter in 1829 under the patronage of King George IV and the Duke of Wellington. In 1836, King’s became one of the two founding colleges of the University of London. It is one of the oldest university-level institutions in England. In the late 20th century, King’s grew through a series of mergers, including with Queen Elizabeth College and Chelsea College of Science and Technology (in 1985), the Institute of Psychiatry (in 1997), the United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals and the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery (in 1998).

They wish to appoint a Postdoctoral Researcher (Research Associate) within the Health Psychology Section in the Department of Psychology, Insititute of Psychiatry Psychology and Neuroscience, at King’s College London. The position will be full time (100% FTE) for a fixed-term duration of 2 years.

This position will require in-person work at the Health Psychology Section, Guy’s Hospital, at least three days per week. The other two days can be flexibly worked from Guy’s Hospital or remotely.

The postdoc will join the research team led by Dr. Lauren Heathcote. They will support a cutting-edge, collaborative research programme investigating the psychology of bodily perception, including pain and other somatic symptoms, and how this shapes mental and physical health in children and adults living with chronic illness.

The postdoc will be expected to contribute to the collaborative research culture in the Heathcote Lab including supervision of project students, weekly lab meetings, journal clubs, and lab social activities. This post will be based in the Health Psychology Section, Department of Psychology, embedded within a larger research team which brings together expertise in long-term condition management, implementation, and intervention research. The Health Psychology section has been influential in the evolution of Health Psychology as a discipline in the UK.

This full-time post will be offered on a full-time, fixed term contract for 2 years.




  • Salary of £42,405 – £49,785 per annum.
  • Time off – In addition to public holidays, the fellow will receive 27 days’ paid leave each year (30, if the fellow has a clinical contract).
  • Wellbeing, community and support – They offer discounted gym membership and sports facilities, an employee assistance programme, events, free lectures and more.


  • PhD in psychology or related discipline.
  • Outstanding communication and organisational skills.
  • Excellent writing skills for scientific publications.
  • A good publication record commensurate with level of career.
  • Effective project management skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and lead on tasks where appropriate.
  • Excellent IT skills, including experience of data input, data cleaning and analysing quantitative data.
  • Knowledge, understanding and experience of psycho-oncology, interoception science, mind-body interventions, or mindset science
  • Some experience of advanced data analyses skills including from longitudinal or trial designs, implementing these analyses in statistical programmes such as R
Eligible Regions: Open for all.

Application Process

  • Eligible candidates should apply through the organisation’s official web portal. The web portal can be accessed by clicking on the “Apply Now” button below.
  • It is to be noted that they reserve the right to close applications earlier if they receive sufficient amount of applications.

Application Deadline: November 30, 2023

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For Further Queries

For further queries contact: Dr Lauren Heathcote - [email protected]
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