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Research Fellow (Pool Position)

This post will be aligned with research activities underway across the Institute and will involve working on one or more specific research project, usually under the general supervision of a project leader.

Given the applied nature of our research within the Institute, we are looking for experience in relation to mixed methods approaches to research, with a particular focus on qualitative research methods.

The project leader will depend on the research work being supported, but all arrangements for management and supervision will be overseen by Professor Eleanor Bradley (Director of Research, Institute of Health and Society).

The post-holder will undertake literature reviewing, participant recruitment, data collection, data entry and analysis, design and conduct systematic reviews (both qualitative and quantitative syntheses), write reports and contribute to publications. The role may also include liaison with and, where appropriate, supervision provided to, Research Assistant staff members.

*If successful in your application you will be added to our pool of researchers. As and when research projects become available that best match with your skill set and the role you have applied for, you will be approached to work on the project. The projects will vary in length (normally from 3 – 6 months), in most instances will be externally funded, and may require full-time or part-time working.

Please state clearly on your application form if you wish to be considered for full or part time work, or both. If applying for part time work only, please state the maximum number of hours you wish to work.

In the supporting statement of your application form please give evidence to demonstrate how you meet the essential criteria listed in the person specification; you are advised to address each item on the person specification in turn and give specific examples of activities you have undertaken.

Closing date: Monday 09 Apr 2018

Reference number: IHS(RP)1803 - 3576

Job details

Job details

Band 7 £32,547 - £36,613 a year
To be confimed (see * below). Could be part or full time,depending upon the requirements of the project. Full time hours are 37 hours a week.
By agreement
To be confirmed (typically between 3 and 6 months, but could vary, depending upon the requirements of the project)
Responsible to
Professor Eleanor Bradley, Director of Research
Responsible for
Interview date
Interviews will be held on Thursday 26th April 2018

Institute of Health and Society

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The University

The University of Worcester is one of the fastest growing HEIs in the UK. It is a progressive, friendly institution, which currently welcomes over 12,000 full time and part time students a year. It offers excellent courses with flexible study options, and as the only University in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, it enjoys strong vocational links with regional business, creative, education, health and social care communities.

Research at Worcester

Research at the University of Worcester has grown significantly over the last 10 years. This growth is most clearly shown in the outcomes of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014). Worcester was the most improved University in the UK based on Research Fortnight’s “Research Power” measure, reflecting a more than four-fold increase in the number of staff submitted compared to RAE 2008 and a commensurate increase in the quality of the research. As a consequence of its REF 2014 submission, Worcester’s QR income for 2015-16 went up by 341% from 2014-15.

Institute of Health & Society

The Institute is a multi-disciplinary academic unit bringing together four academic departments; Psychology; Nursing, Midwifery & Paramedic Science; Applied Professional Studies; and Health & Applied Social Sciences; two internationally acclaimed research and education centres, the Association of Dementia Studies and the National Centre for the Study and Prevention of Violence and Abuse. The Institute is also home to the Mood Disorders Research Group, which jointly leads the internationally renowned Bipolar Disorder Research Network in collaboration with Cardiff University.

The Institute is committed to playing a leading role in researching and developing innovative and creative solutions in health and wellbeing. Our research is highly applied to real world issues which provide significant opportunity to impact positively on peoples’ lives, to contribute to the development of practice and to lead and influence policy. Our research covers a wide breadth of disciplines and applications: areas of research expertise include dementia studies, domestic violence and abuse, adult mental ill-health, psychological health and wellbeing, working well, patient experience, resilience and early parenting.


Main duties

Main duties

1. To undertake literature reviews.

2. To lead on the preparation, production and submission of documents for ethical approval (NHS and university application where appropriate).

3. To undertake data collection, data entry, coding, analysis and interpretation of data, both quantitative and qualitative where required.

4. To work effectively with the other members of the research team and with key external stakeholders.

5. To make significant contributions to decision-making to ensure the project/s run to timetable and abide by the relevant study protocol.

6. To produce reports as requested by the project lead.

7. To present findings at conferences.

8. To make significant contributions to the writing of journal articles and other publications as required.

9. To attend and contribute to project meeting/s as required.

10. To supervise other research team member/s as required.

11. To demonstrate initiative and be proactive within his/her domain of responsibility.

12. To keep up-to-date with relevant research methods.

13. To carry out other duties appropriate to the grade and role, as directed.

14. To take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well-being and that of others.

15. To carry out the work with due regard to confidentiality and ethical conduct conducive with a research role with human participants.

16. To carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.

*Maintain personal and professional development to meet the changing demands of the job; participate in appropriate training activities and encourage and support staff in their development and training.

*Take steps to ensure and enhance personal health, safety and well being and that of other staff and students.

*Carry out these duties in a manner that promotes equality of opportunity and supports diversity and inclusion, and takes into account the University's commitment to environmentally sustainable ways of working.


Person specification

Person specification

Please provide evidence of how you meet each of the essential criteria.

Essential Criteria

1. Doctorate in a relevant area, e.g. psychology, health services research, sociology or related discipline or equivalent professional experience of research.

2. Excellent knowledge of relevant research methodologies.

3. Specific expertise in our Institute thematic research areas.

4. Experience of working directly and achieving results with a wide range of stakeholders.

5. Track record of publishing journal articles and other outputs from research.

6. Ability to organise own research workload with general supervision from senior colleagues.

7. Ability to supervise the research of others.

8. Excellent communication skills both written and oral (including the ability to communicate with a range of different stakeholders, such as research participants, healthcare staff and managers).

9. Effective project management skills, including the ability to organise work to meet deadlines.

10. Ability to manage conflicting priorities and time effectively.

11. Computer literate with advanced Word, Excel, SPSS and / or NVivo skills.


 Desirable Criteria

1. Experience of HRA research ethics and governance applications. 

Disclosure: Depending on the nature of the research project, you may be required to apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service for a Criminal Records Check/Barred List Check.

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Unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs
The University is strongly committed to the fair treatment of its staff and potential staff, regardless of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, responsibility for dependants, age, physical/mental disability or offending background.

In line with the University's policy on the Recruitment of People with a Criminal Record, shortlisted candidates are required to provide information of any unspent convictions, cautions and bind-overs. Applicants are advised to seek independent advice if there is any doubt about the status of a previous conviction, caution or bind-over. Disclosures will only be considered at the point when an offer of employment is made. The existence of a criminal record will not in itself prevent you from gaining employment.

This is a description of the job as it is presently constituted. This job description is intended to enable a flexible approach to be offered working across the University as required. It is subject to review and amendment in the light of changing needs of the University and to provide appropriate development opportunities. Members of staff are expected to participate fully in discussions about changing requirements and it is the University's aim to reach agreement to reasonable change. If agreement is not possible, it reserves the right to require changes to the job description after consultation with the individual concerned.


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