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Director of Research (Fixed Term)

Applications are invited for the role of Director of Research in The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute).

Funded by the Health Foundation, THIS Institute has a remit to advance research into how to improve quality and safety of patient care. Through collaborative partnerships across the UK and internationally, the Institute's mission is to create an enabling infrastructure for the NHS to become the world's largest producer of systematic learning about how to improve healthcare, and to establish improvement research as a leading academic field.

The post-holder will provide academic leadership for the institute by leading major programmes of applied research in healthcare improvement and strengthen the scientific foundations of improvement research by initiating, designing and executing research programmes and line managing a team of researchers. The Director of Research will be a member of the Senior Management Team, reporting directly to the Director (Professor Mary Dixon-Woods FAcSS FMedSci). Bringing academic leadership and hands-on practical knowledge of how to conduct research in healthcare, the post-holder will develop and implement world-class research programmes for the institute, leading a large team of researchers. S/he will work across the University and with NHS organisations, patient and public stakeholders, and charitable organisations to create strategic partnerships and collaboratively define transformational goals in improvement research.

Candidates must be internationally recognised leaders in the advancement of improvement research. They should have experience of leading large, complex research programmes and delivering them on time, to budget and to an excellent standard of scholarship. With an established bibliography of high quality research publications, they will have demonstrable expertise and experience in managing relationships with multiple diverse stakeholders internal and external to the university and the NHS.

Funds are available until April 2022. The post holder will be based at THIS Institute, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 OAH (approximately 2 miles south of city centre).

Fixed-term: The funds for this post are available until 31 March 2022 in the first instance.

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.

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter, CV, list of publications, current and future research plans (two sides of A4 only) in the Upload section of the online application. If you upload any additional documents which have not been requested, we will not be able to consider these as part of your application.

For an informal discussion about the post please contact the Deputy Director of the institute, Dr Rebecca Simmons by e-mail (

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2018. The formal interview will take place on 6 March 2018.

Please quote reference RH14434 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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