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Research Associate/Research Assistant - Palliative and End of Life Care Research Group

Research Assistant - £25,298 - £30,175 Research Associate - £30,175 - £38,183

We have received funding from the NIHR School for Primary Care Research to undertake two realist reviews concerning i). bereavement care in Primary Care settings and ii). interventions to optimise community palliative care. Realist reviews are designed to work with complex social interventions or programmes, and provide explanatory analyses aimed at discerning what works for whom, in what circumstances, in what respects and how.

The review is part of a major programme of 20 reviews within the School, which the post-holder will be part of. Supported by Dr Stephen Barclay (University Senior Lecturer), Dr Ian Wellwood (Senior Research Associate) and Isla Kuhn (Medical Librarian) and a patient and public involvement (PPI) group, the post-holder will lead the two reviews, which are anticipated to lead to high impact journal publications and future grant proposals. Realist review training (if needed) and methodological support will be provided to the successful applicant by the project team including Dr Geoff Wong (Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford).The post-holder will be a member of the Palliative and End of Life Care Group of the university Primary Care Unit, : a flourishing multidisciplinary research group based in the Institute of Public Health, Cambridge.

The post-holder will will have experience of research in Primary Care and/or End of Life Care Research and a publication record in these areas. Some previous experience of evidence synthesis/systematic literature reviews is essential. The post-holder will have a PhD or equivalent experience and a good first degree or equivalent qualifications.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.

The funds for these posts are available for 2 years in the first instance.

While the post is advertised as full-time we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working or other flexible working arrangements.

Primary Care Unit, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, University Forvie Site, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approx. 2 miles south of city centre)

To apply online for this vacancy, please click on the 'Apply' button below. This will route you to the University's Web Recruitment System, where you will need to register an account (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

Informal enquiries with Dr Stephen Barclay, University Senior Lecturer can be arranged by Angela Harper

Closing date: 25th September 2017

Interview Date: Afternoon of Friday 6th October 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. The covering letter should outline how you match the criteria for the post and why you are applying for this role. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

Please quote reference SN13121 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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