Research Fellow in Health Services Research

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

We are seeking to appoint a Research Fellow in Health Services Research to assume a key role in the EU-TOPIA study, which systematically evaluates and quantifies the harms and benefits of screening programmes for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer in European countries.

This part- time post provides an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to develop their research portfolio in health systems/services research, and, specifically, in research on barriers to the effective management of cancer screening. The post-holder is responsible for leading the work identifying critical barriers to the operation of breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening programmes in Europe. To do so, the post holder will undertake a series of systematic reviews and apply a barrier assessment tool, in the form of a survey instrument that has already been developed and piloted, to describe the systems that are in place for cancer screening, including the agencies responsible for them, as well as the barriers that exist to maximise the performance of the screening systems. This will be undertaken by means of an analysis of responses to the survey instrument by project partners, supplemented with information obtained from interviews through conference calls and project meetings, as well as some short visits to partner sites. The post-holder will then work with the other partners to deliver more detailed multi-method assessments of screening programmes in a number of European countries to ascertain the root causes of the barriers to optimal service delivery. Finally, working with the partners, the post-holder will use stakeholder analysis to test the feasibility of possible solutions and quantify their impact in terms of benefits, harms and equity. They will then incorporate this information in the design of country specific road maps. The Research Fellow will be accountable to Professor Martin McKee and through him to the Head of the Health Services Research and Policy Department, the Head of the Faculty of Public Health & Policy, and ultimately to the Director of the School

The successful applicant will have a degree in a Social Science discipline - anthropology, human geography, sociology, social psychology or similar, experience of conducting systematic reviews, knowledge of and familiarity with handling data, proven record of publishing academic papers, working knowledge of at least one modern European language other than English. Ability to travel within Europe is also an essential requirement of the role. Further particulars are included in the attached job description.

This part-time appointment will be based in London at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the successful candidate will be working 3 days per week and will be required to undertake short (1-3 days) travel within Europe. The appointment is available immediately until the 31 August 2019 with the possibility of extension depending on funding. Salary will be on the Research Fellow Academic Pathway Grade 6 Spine 32, £37,889.00 per annum pro rata. The post will be subject to the LSHTM terms and conditions of service. Annual leave entitlement is 30 working days per year. In addition to this there are discretionary “Director’s Days”. Membership of the USS Pension Scheme is available.

Applications should be made online via our website at Online applications will be accepted by the automated system until 10pm on the closing date. Any queries regarding the application process may be addressed to

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