Research Fellow

University of Plymouth - Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry

Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry wishes to recruit an experienced qualitative researcher to play a key role in the work of a team of researchers on a cutting edge study. This post is key to ensuring the successful delivery of a prestigious NIHR Programme Grant, Engager 2, awarded to develop and evaluate a complex intervention for prison leavers with common mental health problems: You will lead the conducting of the qualitative components of a parallel process evaluation, to explore how the intervention is working and will also contribute to mixed methods analyses and the ongoing development of the theory of the intervention and its delivery.

The Engager 2 research project sits within the Primary Care Group which is led by Prof Richard Byng (who is also the Deputy Director of NIHR PenCLAHRC). Primary Care includes projects and staff associated with NIHR PenCLAHRC as well as other areas of applied Health Services Research. Successful primary care led health services research includes designing and evaluating complex interventions to improve mental health, integrated care and care for marginalised groups. Some of the most significant research studies have focused on addressing the needs of offenders and people with depression.

You will have significant experience of undertaking applied qualitative research projects. Experience of working with, or undertaking research with, vulnerable populations would be an advantage. You will need to be able to write to a high standard. You will hold a first degree in health services research or related subject, along with a PhD or equivalent.

An enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check will be required; however, a criminal record will not necessarily be a bar to employment. We welcome applications from people with experience of mental health problems.

This is a full time post working 37 hours per week and is fixed-term until 31 December 2018. Hours of 1.0 FTE may be appointed to a full time post-holder or equivalent hours shared amongst part time appointees and will be determined through discussion with the successful candidates. This position/s could be set up as secondments with a current employer if required.

Proposed interview date: 31st October 2016

For further information please contact Dr Cath Quinn, e-mail:

Closing date: 12 midnight, Sunday 23 October 2016

Plymouth University is committed to an inclusive culture and respecting diversity, and welcomes applications from all sections of the community and is a Stonewall diversity champion. 

The University holds a Bronze Athena SWAN Award which recognises commitment to advancing women’s career in STEMM academia.

Plymouth University has been recognised by Bloomberg as one of the 50 best UK employers for 2016. 

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