Research Fellow in School Health Intervention Research (Positive Choices)

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine - Department of Social and Environmental Health Research

We are seeking a Research Fellow to work on a project evaluating 'Positive Choices' a new sexual health intervention to be delivered in secondary schools in south east England.

The research will involve optimising the intervention and then subjecting it to a pilot trial. The overall purpose of the research is to develop methods for, and determine the appropriateness of, conducting a larger randomised controlled trial of the intervention which would assess its effectiveness in reducing teenage pregnancy and improving sexual health. The trial seeks to use realist trial methods to go beyond merely addressing "what works" to "what works for whom and under what conditions". The research is directed by Professor Chris Bonell who will be the line manager for this post. Co-investigators are drawn from an array of other universities as well as the National Children's Bureau and the Office for National Statistics.

The successful candidate will implement the trial protocol, coordinate the research and administrative aspects of the research, plan and undertake fieldwork; undertake analysis of data, and contribute to reports as well as academic articles. The appointee must be willing to travel in south east England and be subject to disclosure and barring service checks.

Applicants should have a higher degree or equivalent qualification in social science, health, education or another relevant field, experience in qualitative and quantitative research including evaluative research, and relevant research experience, ability to prepare data collection and data analysis tools, and to use and maintain systems and procedures to ensure the integrity of research data, ability to write clearly and concisely with a track record of authoring papers published in high impact peer reviewed academic journals.

The post-holder will also be expected to contribute up to 15% of their time to teaching in the department, and therefore previous experience in post-graduate teaching is desirable. Further particulars are included in the attached job description. 

The post will be based in Tavistock Place at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The post is for 33 months and is available from 1 April 2017. The appointment is full-time and will be made on LSHTM's Academic Pathway Research Fellow Scale Grade 6, £37,889 - £43,028 per annum inclusive.The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year, pro rata for part time staff. In addition to this there are discretionary "Director's Days". Membership of the Pension Scheme is available.

In view of the nature of the work involved, any offer of appointment will be conditional on a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Check.

Job share will be considered. Applicants wishing to do so are asked to indicate their preferred pattern of working. Applications from joint applicants should be submitted together.

Applications should be made on-line via our website at Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to Applications should also include a CV, with a list of publications and grants, and the names of 2 referees that can be contacted immediately if shortlisted. If you would like to obtain further information or would like to discuss the post, you are welcome to contact Chris Bonell (e-mail

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