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Research Associate in Palliative and End of Life Care (Fixed Term)


This exciting five-year post is a unique opportunity for an experienced colleague to undertake a programme of applied research in Palliative and End of Life Care (PEoLC) in the East of England, focusing on:

1) Inequalities in PEoLC service provision

2) Out-of-hours PEoLC provision

3) The PEoLC needs of the ageing UK population.

Over the five-year period, the post-holder will:

  • lead a personal programme of research in one or more of these areas
  • lead regional grant applications for further research funding
  • support the development of an East of England regional PEoLC collaborative research programme
  • lead and support national grant applications for multi-centre national studies in these areas
  • support the development of a national collaborative group in PEoLC research

We have recently received a five-year applied research grant from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to establish:

1) An East of England regional PEoLC collaboration, led by Dr Stephen Barclay in Cambridge and Dr Morag Farquhar in University of East Anglia

2) A national PEoLC collaboration across England, led by Dr Barclay and Prof Higginson at the Cicely Saunders Institute, London

The post-holder will be a key member of the Palliative and End of Life Care Group of the University of Cambridge Primary Care Unit, http://www.phpc.cam.ac.uk/pcu/research/research-groups/end-of-life-care/ a flourishing multidisciplinary research group based in the Institute of Public Health, on the Addenbrooke's Biomedical Campus in Cambridge.

We are looking for an energetic and enthusiastic colleague to work with Dr Barclay and colleagues on this new initiative. We are looking for someone with: a track-record of research in Palliative and End of Life Care or related areas; a strong understanding of the current landscape of UK PEoLC, Primary Care and health and social care services for people approaching the end of their lives; an understanding of the challenges and opportunities of undertaking research in PEoLC with patients, family members and their health and social care professionals. The post-holder will have a PhD in a relevant discipline or an equivalent level of professional qualifications and experience. They will be skilled in working collaboratively as part of a team, communicating with colleagues in multi-disciplinary groups, presenting research in academic, professional presentations and writing journal papers and grant proposals. This post will also require an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS).

The post will commence on 1 October 2019 and the funds for this post are available until 30 September 2024.

While the post is advertised as full-time we welcome applications from individuals who wish to be considered for part-time working (at least 60% FTE).

The post will be based in the 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)

If you have any questions or would like to have a formal conversation about this vacancy please contact Angela Harper ah523@medschl.cam.ac.uk to arrange a conversation or meeting with Dr Barclay.

Click the 'Apply' button below to register an account with our recruitment system (if you have not already) and apply online.

Closing date: 31 July 2019

Interview Date: 9 August 2019

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 include details of your referees, including e-mail address and phone number, one of which must be your most recent line manager.

Please quote reference SN19544 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.

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