Research Assistant/Associate

University of Cambridge - Department of Public Health and Primary Care, The Primary Care Unit

Research Assistant - £25,298 - £29,301

Research Associate - £29,301 - £38,183

The post holder will provide high level qualitative research and project management skills to Wellcome Trust-funded research in the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research (CCHSR). The successful candidate will work to support a range of research projects concerning the promotion of quality and safety in health care, improving the uptake and spread of good practice, and sustaining improvements in the way that care is delivered as well as supporting the research infrastructure of the CCHSR.

The post holder will be educated to PhD level in health services research, medical sociology, public health or equivalent health research degree or equivalent experience.  They will be able to demonstrate experience of conducting qualitative research (in healthcare or other settings); have familiarity or ability to master the literature on quality and safety in healthcare, diffusion of innovation, and implementation science; and the ability to read, critique and synthesise relevant literature, working at pace. They will have experience of conducting qualitative interviews, theoretically-informed qualitative data analysis, preparing project reports for funders and manuscripts for submission to peer reviewed journals.

Appointment at research associate is dependent on having a PhD (or equivalent experience), including those who have submitted but not yet received their PhD. Where a PhD has yet to be awarded appointment will initially be made at research assistant and amended to research associate when the PhD is awarded.

Funds are available until 28 February 2019.

To apply online for this vacancy and to view further information about the role, please visit: This will take you to the role on the University’s Job Opportunities pages. There you will need to click on the 'Apply online' button and register an account with the University's Web Recruitment System (if you have not already) and log in before completing the online application form.

The post holder will be based at the Department of Public Health and Primary Care, Primary Care Unit, Cambridge Institute of Public Health, Robinson Way, Cambridge Biomedical Campus, Cambridge CB2 0SR (approximately 2 miles south of city centre).

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Professor Mary Dixon-Woods by email:

Interview Date: w/c 17th April 2017

Please ensure that you upload a covering letter and CV in the Upload section of the online application. 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 quote reference SN11726 on your application and in any correspondence about this vacancy.

The University values diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University has a responsibility to ensure that all employees are eligible to live and work in the UK.

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