New Research Officer Vacancy – Join our team!

New Research Officer Vacancy – Join our team!

Taking responsibility for the research and coordination of our MBCT courses on a global scale you will work closely with the Chief Executive Officer and the Director to contribute new scientific understanding to the field.

The Oxford Mindfulness Foundation

The Oxford Mindfulness Foundation is a registered charity trading as The Oxford Mindfulness Centre (OMC) which is world renowned as an international centre of excellence.  Closely affiliated with the University of Oxford we operate within the structures of the Charities Commission, supporting and housed within Oxford University’s Department of Psychiatry.  Our shared vision enables us to work with partners around the world to work towards the prevention of depression and enhancing human potential through the therapeutic use of mindfulness. The OMC has been at the forefront of research and development in the field of mindfulness and has extended its reach to include training and education across the whole population, clinical services and engagement and advocacy, promoting the benefits of mindfulness globally.

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Overview of the role

We are a dispersed team which operates with a core group of team members and almost 50 affiliated colleagues across the globe.  This new post holder could be homebased with the option to work in the Oxford University offices.  The role is very central to the research and is located in the operations team.  The post holder will be working closely with the research team to agree on research priorities and the operations team to recruit participants.

The role is critical to underpinning the science behind our mission to improve lives through mindfulness throughout the population and across the lifespan.

The University of Oxford Mindfulness Research Centre has a portfolio of research projects and the post holder would have a key role in their delivery as well as preparing results for, and communicating their dissemination. The post provides an opportunity for an early career postdoctoral researcher to develop her/his skills working as part of a team. The post holder will need to show judgment working independently, whilst also working collaboratively, be able to manage parallel demands, queries from both staff and stakeholders and liaise with participants, research and administrative staff.

This post might suit an early researcher or someone who wants to re-enter research following a career break, combine research with other caring responsibilities, or increase their research experience whilst pursuing further study.

The post holder will report to the Chief Executive Officer and work closely with the Research and Operations Teams.

This is a homebased post with possible travel to the OMC offices in Oxford – not essential.

Main Responsibilities

  • Take the lead on the effective running of OMC research projects from inception through to dissemination.
  • Identify and resolve issues that affect achievement of research objectives and deadlines using initiative and creativity as appropriate
  • Take lead responsibility in the scheduling and coordination of MBCT courses to recruit research participants
  • Act as the main contact person for participant sign up, queries, feedback and certification issues for all courses related to research
  • Liaise as appropriate with the communications and marketing team to promote courses for research
  • Contribute to the OMC research agenda, reviewing the field and identifying research gaps
  • Data analysis of large and varied datasets using established software such as R or SPSS
  • Contribute to funding applications, literature reviews, ethics applications and amendments, developing research protocols, participant testing, and conducting data entry and data analysis
  • Carry out collaborative projects with colleagues in partner institutions, and research groups
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues as appropriate to the field of study, including contributing to collaborative decision making within the research group
  • Participate in the wider life of the OMC, as appropriate and agreed with the CEO. This includes attendance at research seminars and meetings as agreed
  • Comply with relevant safeguarding, data protection, research governance and ethical requirements
  • Conduct any other duties commensurate with the grade and level of responsibility of this post for which the post holder has the necessary experience and/or training

Selection criteria


  • Good (at least 2:1) honours degree in psychology or related discipline (social sciences, health sciences (or equivalent).

Knowledge, competencies and experience

  • Evidence of significant independent writing resulting in peer-reviewed and published research outputs, including as senior/lead author.
  • Evidence of high level data analysis skills using established software such as R or SPSS
  • Experience of conducting and delivering research projects effectively from inception to completion, including the demonstration of relevant research competencies (preparing proposals, data collection and analysis, managing publication processes, presenting results of research to a variety of audiences)
  • Evidence of excellent administrative and organisational skills including familiarity with common software including Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook and a willingness to learn to use software for website maintenance.
  • Evidence of effective communication of research, including publication of peer-reviewed publications.

Personal/professional qualities

  • Communicating with clarity and confidence (oral, written, digital) to with people from a range of backgrounds, e.g. teachers, trustees, stakeholders, including the ability to communicate information of a specialist or highly technical nature effectively.
  • Resourceful and resilient in working with challenges, finding solutions and identifying resources to solve problems, as appropriate, doing so as part of a team and independently.
  • Punctual and reliable with an organised but flexible approach to work including the ability to manage research and administrative activities and to balance the competing pressures of research and administrative demands and deadlines and remain effective and positive under pressure.
  • Excellent collaboration (within the team, participants and with external teachers), excellent interpersonal skills and an ability to recognise and work with own and others’ strengths
  • Awareness of Data Protection, Research and Clinical Governance guidelines and Ethical requirements including conducting risk assessments and understanding of health and safety legislation


  • 1st Class degree in psychology or related discipline (social sciences, health sciences (or equivalent) and/or accompanied by Distinction class in postgraduate study (e.g., MSc)
  • PhD in psychology or related discipline (social sciences, health sciences (or equivalent).

Interested? Please complete your application form here:

Application Form


Deadline for applications:   Tuesday 1st December 2020 – 09.00am (GMT)

Interview date: Afternoon Thursday 3rd December 2020 – please reserve this date if submitting an application – shortlisted candidates will be notified by 09.00am (GMT) on Wednesday 2nd December

Title:  Research Officer

Location:  Homebased / Oxford Optional

Salary:  OMC Grade 7.1 – £32,817

Hours: Full time – 37.5 hours per week

Commencement:  ASAP

Contract type:   Fixed term – 12 months in the first instance

Reporting to:   Chief Executive Officer