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British Association of Social Workers In-Practice Visiting Researcher at the University of Cambridge


The purpose of the BASW in-practice visiting researcher position is to support a practitioner in their academic development, and help them prepare for future funding applications ¿ especially for pursuing a part-time or full-time PhD or other funded research.

Applicants are therefore invited to hold the status of visiting researcher for 1 year, starting October 2019 in the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, School of Clinical Medicine, University of Cambridge. This opportunity will be relevant to those with an demonstrable interest in social work as it intersects with mental and/or physical health.

This honorary affiliation with Cambridge is unpaid but there is a stipend of £500 to offset costs, assuming full engagement.

Applicants are expected to be a registered social worker, and have a strong interest in research. Applicants need to have been a member of BASW continuously for the last 12 months. BASW employees are not eligible to apply.

The visiting researcher will receive fortnightly in-person or phone supervision over the year from Dr Robbie Duschinsky between October 2019 and June 2020. They will be affiliated with Duschinsky's warm and collegiate research team, which includes social workers, clinical psychologists and GPs as well as other researchers working on child and family mental health and the integration of social care with public health and primary care. The visiting researcher will be required to undertake research and skills development activity between supervision sessions to ensure each supervision is productive.

The visiting researcher will be able to attend lectures and seminars at the University of Cambridge to develop their skills and knowledge. They will have remote access to electronic journals and books, as well as to the University of Cambridge libraries. The visiting researcher will be supported over the year in conducting a literature review for publication, and in identifying potential research questions, methods, and sources of data for future research.

They will also have opportunities, should they wish, to be involved in existing projects in Duschinsky's group. Hot-desking space will be available within the Institute of Public Health, which is where Duschinsky's group is based.

The affiliation with Cambridge is anticipated to come with a College Research Associate position at Wolfson College, subject to approval by the College. This would allow use the college facilities and participate in College life when in Cambridge, such as attending lunches and dinners in Hall, attend College events, and use the library, social spaces and gym, as well as reduced-price accommodation.

As well as a professional social work qualification, candidates will have excellent academic results. The reason is that this will increase the visiting researcher's the likelihood of success with future grant applications.

This is a new and trial scheme. Participants will therefore be ambassadors for the program and as such will play a key role in ensuring the success and continuance of the scheme.

The successful applicant will need to make their own arrangements with their employer for time to hold the visiting researcher position, whether through study leave, annual leave or other arrangements.

Location. Academic: Primary Care Unit, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Forvie Site, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge.

To apply please e-mail Dr Robbie Duschinsky rd522@medschl.cam.ac.uk by the 23rd August 2019.

With your e-mail please attach:

(i) A letter (no more than 400 words) outlining why you would be interested in further academic development, your central research interests, and your longer-term ambitions/plans; (ii) Your CV, stating your contact details, qualifications and grades, employment and your citizenship. (iii) Details of two professional referees, to be contacted if you are selected for interview.

Interviews will be held on the afternoon of the 3rd September 2019 at the Cambridge Institute of Public Health.

Appointment will also be contingent on a DBS check.

Please quote reference RH19534 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University actively supports equality, diversity and inclusion and encourages applications from all sections of society.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.