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Research Associate in health services research - Qualitative Methods

We seek a talented research associate to join the research team at The Healthcare Improvement Studies Institute (THIS Institute).

Funded by the Health Foundation, THIS Institute has a remit to advance research into how to improve the quality and safety of patient care. The institute hosts around 60 staff, consisting of academics, operational and communications staff and visiting research fellows. It has strong links across University of Cambridge departments, with RAND Europe, a not-for-profit Cambridge-based research organisation, and with Homerton College, Cambridge, as well as with multiple external partners.

We are seeking a talented research associate with strong skills in health services research (broadly defined) to work across a range of studies. The postholder will support an exciting and innovative multi-project collaborative research programme focused on how to improve quality and safety in healthcare.

You will specialise in qualitative or mixed methods research, and will initially work on a programme evaluating schemes aimed at improving the safety of maternity services. Over time you will contribute to further projects. You will undertake activities ranging from preparation of protocols and applications for ethical and governance approval through to data collection, data analysis and contributing to peer-reviewed publications and presentations, while consistently supporting THIS Institute's commitment to highly inclusive research and stakeholder engagement. Opportunities to contribute to teaching will be available.

You will be a highly motivated researcher with a strong background and PhD in a relevant area of health services research with highly developed research skills including strengths in qualitative data collection and analysis, academic writing, and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

The funds for these posts are available until 31st March 2027.

The post is full-time, but part-time applications will be considered for a minimum of 0.6 FTE.

The post will be based at Strangeways Research Laboratory, Worts Causeway, Cambridge CB1 8RN (approximately 2.5 miles south of the city centre).

Informal discussions about the post are strongly encouraged. Please contact Professor Graham Martin, Director of Research at THIS Institute, by e-mail (

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The closing date for applications is: 21st July 2024

The interview date for the role is: 8th August 2024

Please quote reference RH42139 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

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